“Nine Out of Ten Times”-Kayla Harrison Makes a Bold Statement on Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena

Published 12/27/2021, 6:30 AM EST


Kayla Harrison and Amanda Nunes’ possible timely bout in the UFC was touted to be the biggest match in the history of women’s MMA. However, the plan has now taken a setback as “The Lioness” dropped her double champ status after losing the bantamweight strap to Julianna Peña. Notably, this loss has also seen her lose her spot from atop the UFC women’s pound for pound rankings.

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Recently, Harrison opened up on her teammate and perhaps soon-to-be opponent’s loss.

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The PFL lightweight champion revealed she was heartbroken after her friend’s defeat. “Yeah, I mean I was heartbroken, obviously, for my teammate and my friend. You know I have a lot of respect for Amanda. I helped her train. I’ve trained with her. She’s helped me. You know we are teammates. I would consider her a friend, so first and foremost I was heartbroken for her.”

Meanwhile, the 31-year-old believes Nunes can easily beat Pena in a rematch.

“I still think that if they fought ten times, nine times out of ten, Amanda starches her. You know, but sometimes it’s just not your night. No matter what you do, no matter how hard you prepare, no matter how good you feel or how confident you are, sometimes things just don’t go your way and that’s the craziness of this sport, that’s the brutality of it.” 

Can Kayla Harrison beat Amanda Nunes?

UFC fighter or not, Kayla Harrison is a force to be reckoned with in women’s MMA. The 31-year-old free agent has proved her prowess on many international platforms. Additionally, she is a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

Aug 11, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Kayla Harrison (USA) shows off her gold medal in the women’s 78kg judo medal ceremony at Carioca Arena 2 during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Notably, the Judoka is battle-tested in MMA as well, with an unbeaten record of 12-0. Harrison has been a regular in Professional Fighters League and has also won the women’s lightweight championship in the promotion.

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She achieved this feat by submitting Taylor Guardado in the second round of the finals of the PFL 2021 championship. All of her achievements prove that Kayla Harrison is a warrior, unlike any. Hence, she is someone who will prove to be a worthy opponent for ‘The Lioness’.

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Do you think Kayla Harrison can go toe-to-toe against Amanda Nunes? Does Julianna Pena stand a chance against ‘The Lioness’ in their rematch? Tell us in the comments below.

 

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Aashish Kumar

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Aashish Kumar is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication, this Israel Adesanya fan has interned at reputed media houses and gained valuable reporting experience. Building on that experience, Aashish will look to tap into his love for combat sports and let fans benefit from his passion and journalistic expertise.

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