PFL CEO Peter Murray says he is confident his organization will ink a new deal with Kayla Harrison and expects an announcement to be made very soon.
Harrison (12-0-0) won the organization’s 2019 and 2021 women’s lightweight tournaments, thus earning the women’s 155-pound world championship during both years. Following her 2021 victory, reports surfaced that Harrison is now a free agent. The two-time Olympic Gold Medallist has been spotted at UFC and Bellator events, eyeing up the competition including Amanda Nunes and Cris Cyborg. For months, fan speculation has been high as to which organization she will sign with.
In a turn of events, it appears as though Harrison could be sticking around with the PFL after all.
“She’s technically not a free agent right now. She’s in an exclusive negotiating window with the PFL and we like where our discussions are, and what the future holds for both Kayla and the PFL. We’re looking forward to making an announcement very soon.” he said in a statement obtained via SCMP.
“At the end of the day, we’re really proud of ushering Kayla into the sport, under [PFL president of fighter operations] Ray Sefo’s tutelage and the organisation’s platform. We developed Kayla, and she’s got a great team at [American Top Team] and she’s an incredible athlete – so determined. She continues to get better year over year. So, we’re excited for A, the role we played in developing Kayla, B, what she’s accomplished, and C, the future. The future for Kayla and the PFL, together, going forward.” he continued.
Harrison is currently the number-one ranked female 155-pound fighter in the world according to the WMMA World Rankings. If the lightweight queen is to stick around in PFL, a super-fight against number-two ranked Julia Budd could make for a very appealing one later this year. Julia Budd, the former Bellator featherweight champ, made her lightweight debut for PFL last year, defeating Kaitlin Young via unanimous decision.
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