‘If I Were Her, I Would Stay Right Where She Is’ -Dana White Says Kayla Harrison Is Not Ready for UFC

Published 10/26/2021, 10:19 AM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, FL – APRIL 24: UFC President Dana White is seen during UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on April 24, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)


Kayla Harrison is a well-known American Judoka and MMA fighter. At the 2012 Olympics, she became the first American to win a Gold Medal in Judo since 1999. Currently, she is a part of the PFL since 2018 and has a fantastic fight record of 11 wins and 0 losses. She is also the present PFL lightweight champion. The undefeated fighter has free agency and hence seems to be interested in fighting under UFC as well. However, Dana White feels differently about this.

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UFC President Dana White says that she is still not ready for UFC. Speaking about Harrison with TSN, he said, “They pay her an obscene amount of money to fight over there. If I was her, I would stay right where she is and keep picking off the people over here. When you come here, you know. Amanda Nunes is no joke. (Valentina) Shevchenko is no joke… These are the best female fighters in the world.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 03: Dana White is seen arriving at ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on October 03, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by PG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)|GettyImages

White added, “I would stay there and keep fighting the type of women she is fighting there before I would come here and fight Amanda Nunes.” Dana felt that Kayla should gain more experience before making the shift to UFC which would see her face tougher opponents. 

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Kayla Harrison responds to Dana White

Harrison and Nunes are teammates at the American Top Team. She was quick to respond to White’s comments and advice about her future. She said,Thanks for the advice, Uncle Dana, I appreciate you.”

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White’s comments did not bother her and, in fact, it seems like she was expecting it from him. She said, “I’m gonna talk about how I’m the greatest of all time, and he’s gonna talk about, ‘Well, calm down. No, you’re not.’ This is a game. This is a business. The difference is I really am gonna be the greatest of all time. He’s gonna see.” 

It will be interesting to see if Harrison fights for UFC after this. The 31-year-old fighter wants to concentrate on her upcoming bout against Taylor Guardado at the 2021 PFL World Championship. The event is on October 27. Harrison will become the champion for the second time if she wins this final fight.  

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If Kayla Harrison does join UFC in the future, who do you think will be an exciting opponent for her? 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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