New Opponent for Kayla Harrison at PFL 6 After Julia Budd Forced Out Because of Injury

Published 06/24/2022, 12:21 AM EDT

PFL already has huge plans for their upcoming fights. PFL superstar, Kayla Harrison, will be seen fighting at PFL 6. Originally, she would have been facing Julia Budd. But unfortunately, Budd suffered an injury and hence Harrison has a new opponent.

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Harrison facing Budd would have been an intriguing fight to watch. After all, Budd has been a champion at Bellator MMA. But the fight has been derailed. Harrison will now face Kaitlin Young on July 1, in Atlanta.

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Harrison, who has won two gold medals at the Olympics for Judo, has an undefeated record (13-0) in professional MMA. Her opponent sports a 12-12-1 record. Hence, the upcoming women’s lightweight fight will be an interesting one to witness. However, as per ‘MMA Junkie‘, PFL is yet to make an official announcement about the new replacement for the fight.

 

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The fight will take place at Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta.

With the upcoming fight, Kayla Harrison is in pursuit of yet another PFL season title.

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Apart from Harrison, other big names like Rory MacDonald and Ray Cooper III will also be seen fighting the same evening. Thus, the PFL 6 lineup so far looks like this:

  • Kayla Harrison vs. Kaitlin Young
  • Rory MacDonald vs. Sadibou Sy
  • Brett Cooper vs. Ray Cooper III
  • Magomed Magomedkerimov vs. Joao Zeferino
  • Jarrah Al-Silawi vs. Magomed Umalatov
  • Genah Fabian vs. Larissa Pacheco
  • Nikolay Aleksakhin vs. Gleison Tibau
  • Marina Mokhnatkina vs. Abigail Montes
  • Martina Jindrova vs. Zamzagul Fayzallanova
  • Helena Kolesnyk vs. Vanessa Melo

Kayla Harrison: Her undefeated MMA career at PFL

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After signing up and fighting for the promotion since 2018, Harrison’s name has become synonymous to one of the best female MMA fighters currently. Hence, MMA fans would like to see her fight someone like Amanda Nunes or Cris Cyborg.

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 31: Two time Team USA olympian judoka Kayla Harrison during the World Series of Fighting at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on December 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)

However, these fights have not materialized owing to the specificities that come up with different promotions. Nevertheless, Harrison’s undefeated record, plus her ability to knockout as well as submit her opponents, is something fans can’t get enough of.

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How do you see Harrison’s upcoming fight against Kaitlin Young will be going? Let us know in the comments below.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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