‘I Hope To Fight Her One Day’- Kayla Harrison Ready To Fight Amanda Nunes

Published 05/07/2021, 8:50 AM EDT


It was routine work for Kayla Harrison when she fought Mariana Morais and defeated her via TKO in 83 seconds at PFL 3. She opened her regular season account with 6 points in pursuit of a second $1 million crown. The fighter now has a perfect record of 9-0.

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After seeing her dominance, the media is always keen on quizzing Harrison about a potential matchup with a certain Amanda Nunes. Following her latest win, the same question surfaced. In response, the Judoka said, “You know we (have) talked about this a million times. My goal is to be the greatest of all time.”

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“She is currently the greatest of all time. The biggest compliment I can give to Amanda is that I hope to fight her one day you know, that’s the best compliment I can give her because she is the goat.”

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Kayla Harrison added that everyone is chasing ‘The Lioness’. However, she clarified that her present goal is to become the PFL champion. About the tournament, she added, “It’s not easy to complete a season. It’s a lot of fights back to back, quick turnaround.”

Harrison concluded by saying that she’s mentally preparing for her upcoming fights and wants to take one fight at a time. For now, these will be under the PFL banner.

Kayla Harrison before her MMA stint

Harrison has dominated the PFL roster ever since her debut back in 2018. But prior to pursuing her career in the MMA world, she was already an established Judoka. She had previously won gold in the world judo championship back in 2010.

Aug 11, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Kayla Harrison (USA) shows off her gold medal in the women’s 78kg judo medal ceremony at Carioca Arena 2 during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Later, she became the first American to win a gold medal in judo at the 2012 Olympics. Harrison repeated the feat four years later in the 2016 Olympics.

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The fighter has taken her dominance from the mat to the cage quite seamlessly and has even drawn comparisons to another judoka in Ronda Rousey.

Harrison has certainly made a tremendous impact in her relatively short spell in MMA. She will look to continue winning until the fight against Amanda Nunes is the only one that makes sense for all parties involved. It will be interesting to see how Harrison moves ahead with her career.

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Do you want to see Harrison against Nunes? What did you make of her win at PFL 3?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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