‘She Can Beat Amanda’- Ali Abdelaziz Makes a Huge Claim About Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison

Published 07/13/2021, 12:54 PM EDT
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


American Judoka and mixed martial artist Kayla Harrison has already bagged the title of one of the best mixed martial artists in her brief career till now. The Olympic gold medalist applies her trade under the PFL banner and is expected to make her way to UFC someday soon.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 02: U.S. Olympian Kayla Harrison visits the USA House at the Royal College of Art on August 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for USOC)

Her dominance inside the ring has kept her professional record clean, as she is still unbeaten in 10 matches as a pro. Her work ethic and dominance have always been compared to the greatest UFC women fighter of all time, Amanda Nunes.

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Even her manager, Ali Abdelaziz, never shies away from praising her brilliance. In a recent interview given to MMA Junkie, the famous manager had some words of praise for her client. He even claimed she can beat Nunes, one on one.

“Listen man, I have so many great fighters you know, everybody, see Kayla Harrison doing her thing, you know,” he said. “I believe she is the pound-for-pound greatest fighter, women fighter today. I believe she can beat anybody, I think she can beat Amanda (and also) I believe she can beat Cyborg.”

Abdelaziz further claimed her to be the future greatest of all time female fighter if not the present one.

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What does Kayla Harrison think about Amanda Nunes?

After her superb victory over Mariana Morais, Harrison appeared for a post-fight interview. She answered a question regarding her future goals.

“My goal is to be the greatest of all time,” she said. “She is currently the greatest of all time. The biggest compliment I could give to Amanda is I hope to fight her one day. That’s the best compliment I could give her because that means she’s the GOAT. She’s what we’re all chasing.”

However, she had mentioned that she is currently focussing on her PFL career. Her aim right now is to compete in a division full of talented fighters.

INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: Amanda Nunes of Brazil celebrates her KO victory over Cris Cyborg of Brazil in their women’s featherweight bout during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“But the goal is to be the greatest of all time, so whoever I have to fight to do that, that’s what I want to do,” she concluded.

Harrison vs Nunes is one of the best fights that is right now under the shadows of the future. Since Nunes is currently looking immovable from UFC, Harrison has to make her jump in order to give fans a dream matchup.

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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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