Thursday night at the Professional Fighters League 6 event, Kayla Harrison defeated Jozette Cotton via third-round TKO following some heavy ground-and-pound.
Harrison improves to 2-0, picking up a huge win in just her second professional fight against the number-one women’s lightweight fighter in the world, Jozette Cotton. The 28-year-old also becomes the first person in history to finish “The #1 Headbusta”. The Olympian was receiving a huge amount of hype even prior to her successful professional debut against Brittney Elkin this past June, thanks to her successful Judo career which saw her win the 2010 World Championships, gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, and gold at the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games. Many are tipping Harrison for superstardom, much like fellow Olympic Medalist and former training partner, Ronda Rousey. It seems as though Harrison is living up to the hype, and makes her mark as queen of the women’s lightweight division in just her second fight.
Cotton drops to 8-2 and sees an end to her two-fight win streak in which she successfully captured the Dynasty Combat Sports lightweight title last September, and then went on to knock out Jennifer Norris in December.
PFL 6 took place on Thursday August 16 from the Ocean Resort Casino Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States. The main card featuring Harrison vs. Cotton was aired live on NBC Sports from 10pm EST.