Kayla Harrison Says the Greatest Compliment She Can Give ‘Trailblazer’ Cris Cyborg Is Wanting to Fight Her

Published 11/13/2021, 9:19 AM EST
INGLEWOOD, CA – JANUARY 25: Cris Cyborg (blue gloves) in the cage after defeating Julia Budd in their featherweight world title fight at The Forum on January 25, 2020 in Inglewood, California. Cyborg won by TKO in the 4th round. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)


The women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg faced Sinead Kavanagh in the main event of Bellator 271. She successfully defended her gold strap by dropping the Irish female fighter in just 1:32 minutes of the first round.

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This victory marked Cyborg’s third title defense at Bellator. Interestingly, the two-time PFL champion and Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison was present at the event.

Harrison seemed impressed by Cyborg’s dominant win. She said, “My first impression was she’s not as big as I thought she was gonna be. But all joking aside, obviously, Cyborg is a trailblazer in the sport. She’s a pioneer. She’s a trailblazer. The only problem with that is I’m on this trail now. But it was great to watch her live. I’m super impressed, as always.”She puts on a hell of a show, and I’ve got nothing but respect for her.”

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On being asked about a possible fight with the Bellator featherweight champion, Harrison replied by saying, “Listen, she’s one of the greatest of all time. I don’t care which way you slice it. You can’t deny her greatness, and I’ve made it no secret that I wanna go down as the greatest. So, in order to do that, you’ve got to beat the greatest, and she’s one of those people.

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She added, “So, for me, the greatest compliment I can give to Cris Cyborg is that I want to fight her. That’s the greatest honor I can say, is that I wanna share the cage with you for 25 hard minutes…  I would be over the moon to have an opportunity to fight her.”

Kayla Harrison vs Cris Cyborg- Will It Happen

The former UFC champion in Cris Cyborg is considered one of the best female fighters in combat sports. She has an amazing professional career of 25- 2, with twenty knockout wins under her name.

After departing from UFC, Cyborg has been dominating the division in Bellator. She is currently 4-0 in the promotion. Following her recent win at Bellator 271. She expressed her desire to fight the two-time PFL champion Kayla Harrison in the post-fight press conference.

CURITIBA, BRAZIL – MAY 14: (L-R) Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino of Brazil celebrates after defeating Leslie Smith in their women’s catchweight bout during the UFC 198 event at Arena da Baixada stadium on May 14, 2016 in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

However, it is up to her manager, Cyborg said. Meanwhile, Harrison is fresh from her recent submission win over Taylor Guardado. She has entered free agency with her latest tournament win. Hence, this fight might have some possibility.

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Furthermore, Cyborg is one of the top-tier fighters and a win over Harrison will surely shine her resume more. While for Harrison, this might be the biggest opportunity of her MMA career and a win will surely register her name among the best of the best.

What are your thoughts about this fight? Let us know in the comments below.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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