“I’m Not Conor McGregor” – Kayla Harrison Challenges Julianna Peña Over ‘B-League’ Remark

Published 12/16/2021, 1:32 PM EST


Amanda Nunes’ title loss was a shock for her fans. But Julianna Peña succeeded in doing what many other fighters could not. As Peña ascended the bantamweight throne, tensions started to rise. With Peña occupying the title, many fans wonder if she will ever clash with Kayla Harrison.

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Both the fighters have started taking jabs at each other. Peña called Harrison “the lesser of the training partners” , thus, implying that Harrison wasn’t as good as Nunes. The American fighter understandably was not happy with this.

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)

In response to this, Harrison said (h/t MMA Fighting), “I think she should be careful. I think she needs to be careful about what she says and who she says it to. I’m not Conor McGregor. I don’t talk sh*t  just to talk sh*t. I have a lot of respect for her. I think she’s a good fighter. But this isn’t a joke, and you should be careful, because I don’t play those games.”

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While Peña and Harrison might continue taking digs at each other, fans wonder what Conor McGregor might have to say about this.

Further, it seems Peña might not be that interested in a fight against Harrison. Peña referred to PFL as “B-league” and said, “I’m not paying too much attention to what she’s doing down there.”

Harrison, of course, disagreed and hit right back. She said, “I’m not a B-league fighter. I’m going to be the best in the world, and if you think that’s different, then step in the cage with me and find out.”

What’s next for Kayla Harrison?

As a free agent, Harrison has many lucrative opportunities available. Hence, if UFC is interested in getting her on board, a great contract would be required.

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Further, the undefeated fighter has always wanted to fight the best. So Nunes and Harrison might face each other in the future someday.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 11: Kayla Harrison of United States celebrates her gold medal after the final women’s -78kgs at Carioca Arena 2 during Day 6 of the 2016 Rio Olympics on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

What do you think about Kayla Harrison and Julianna Peña’s tiff? Let us know your thoughts 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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