Kayla Harrison understands that to be considered one of the greatest, featherweight may be in her future

PFL champion Kayla Harrison is realistic about what she needs to do to cement her legacy in MMA.

In less than two years in the sport, the two-time Olympic gold medalist claimed the PFL lightweight championship, collecting a $1 million check in the process.

However, to no fault of her own, she has largely done so in a division that is comprised of 135 and 145-pound fighters moving up. While the PFL is beefing up their 2020 season roster with talent like Cindy Dandois and Mariana Morais, Harrison understands that at some point she may need to move to the featherweight division for more competition.

At the Dominance MMA media day in Las Vegas, Harrison told MMA Junkie, “I don’t love the idea of ’45, but I’m willing. Everyone has a price, right?”

Harrison, an admitted opponent of weight cutting in MMA, realizes that it is a sacrifice she may need to make to be considered on of the best. “I firmly believe in not cutting weight. I firmly believe in the lifestyle that I have. But obviously I understand that if I want to go down as one of the greatest of all time, I’m going to probably have to fight at 145, and that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make in order to reach the goals that I’ve set for myself.”

Currently, Harrison is very happy in the promotion. She said, “I’m very happy at the PFL. I love what they’re doing. I love how they’re changing the game. I love being a role model and being a poster child for the promotion.”

The PFL currently only offers a lightweight division for women. “But time will tell. We’ll see what happens. One year at a time, one fight at a time, one minute at a time, one exchange at a time– that’s all I can do.”

Would you like to see Kayla eventually move to featherweight?

Source: Farrah Hannoun and George Garcia, MMA Junkie

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16 comments

  1. Either drop to 145 to fight the best or take on Cris and/or Amanda at 155. It’s amazing what can be done if there’s enough money involved.

  2. Hopefully, she pays no attention to haters and fools. A bunch of non fighters, sitting behind their keyboards criticizing her greatness. She paid no attention to those types of clowns when she was actually out working hard to win Olympic Gold, and she needs to pay no attention to those idiots now. Fight at a healthy weight and be her best self and dominate. Good luck Kayla Harrison

  3. I think it’s time for the main WMMA promotions to introduce higher weight classes, rather than forcing athletes to cut a lot of weight. There are already ladies at 145 who would fight at heavier classes if they were available. I also hope that promotions try to widen their talent pool by attracting fighters from other disciplines such as boxing or Olympic wrestling, where weight classes higher than 145 are more common. I would love to see boxers like Claressa Shields, Cecilia Braekhus, Christina Hammer, or wrestlers like Adeline Gray and Erica Wiebe, switch to MMA, but this will be almost impossible as long as higher weight classes are not introduced.

    1. Alas, there are hardly enough fighters to make up a decent 145 division, much less 155 or higher. What could be entertaining and perhaps competitive, would be a WHW division at 146+. Given that 145# Julia Budd has shown interest in fighting Gabi, I’d be good w/136+, but that might be too extreme.

      1. I agree that at the beginning a 155 or 160 division would not be very deep, but I bet that, if such divisions existed, more ladies who now compete in boxing, wrestling or other martial arts would try MMA. I think the current PFL roster at 155 is already not bad, and if some “recruitment plan” was pursued – by offering attractive contracts to high profile boxers or wrestlers who want to try MMA – there would be some chance to build a decent pool of fighters in 2-3 years. Just my opinion, of course, but if one wants to grow one has to start somewhere.

      2. yeah, that’d be too extreme ! That would like be some of the old circus matches in Japan with women almost 50 fighting giants !

  4. She’s probably right. Competitively there’s somewhat slim pickings either way though, so whichever weight class it ends up being she’s gonna need to fight damn near everyone in order to prove eligibility for “the greatest” conversations, as I see it…

  5. King Reina Miura record is very suspect. She is 12-3 with 6 wins over opponents who were 0-0 when they faced her and she has two wins over opponents who were 1-0 when they faced her and one win over an opponent who was 0-1 when she faced her. Her wins over opponents with more than one fight is 15-10 past her prime Shayna Baszler and a 4-3 Judith Reis. I have no idea why King Reina Miura is still giving the okay to fight 0-0 opponents or opponents with oonly one professional fight. The PFL would be a big step up in competition for her. I don’t really know how good King Reina Miura is.

    1. I agree but if they have the same field as last time with fighters like Moriel Charneski and Morgan Frier I think itll be interestingto see how they match up!

  6. So far the PFL Women’s Lightweight field is Kayla Harrison, 7-0, Cindy Dandois, 16-5, Mariana Morais, 16-10, and Laura Sanchez, 1-0.

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