‘Might Be the First Death in MMA’- Dana White Says Amanda Nunes Will Kill the Opponents Kayla Harrison Has Faced

Published 11/03/2021, 1:45 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES SEPTEMBER 8, 2019: Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, at a news conference following a title unification bout between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier at the UFC 242 mixed martial arts tournament. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)


Kayla Harrison is currently amongst the best pound-for-pound female fighters of all time. The Olympic gold medalist is a two-time PFL lightweight champion. However, for the UFC president Dana White, Harrison is yet to face some real challenges.

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Recently, Dana White sat to have a conversation with Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports. While Iole was considering Harrison in the conversation, White stopped him and said, “Kayla Harrison hasn’t fought anybody yet. She hasn’t fought anybody.”

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“Let me tell you what! Let me put in Amanda Nunes in with the girls that she’s fought might be the first death in MMA, OK? And listen, I like her, I’ve got nothing against her. But come on, let’s be honest.” 

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Given White’s comments, let us compare both their careers to come to a conclusion.

Kayla Harrison and Amanda Nunes: a brief comparison

‘The Lioness’ has had a glorious professional fighting career of 21-4 (13 KO, 4 submissions).

Nunes, the current women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion, stands at the pinnacle of the women’s pound-for-pound rankings. Interestingly, she has only four setbacks in her MMA resume.

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)

On the other hand, Kayla Harrison, with a record of (12-0), has no setbacks on her MMA resume. She has five knockouts and five submission wins to her name. The Olympic gold medalist has finished three of her four opponents in the first round of the bout.

Even though Harrison has an impressive resume to her name, she hasn’t fought the same level of opponents that Nunes has.

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‘The Lioness’ has defeated many prominent names such as Holly Holm, Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, and Valentina Shevchenko in the UFC. These were some of the best women fighters in the world.

Hence, Harrison currently might be a good fighter, but she is yet to achieve certain things in her career to be considered one of the best. Considering her record and her active form, it won’t take Harrison long to achieve that status.

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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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