PFL women’s lightweight champion Kayla Harrison is still fresh into the sport of mixed martial arts. However, the former double Olympic gold medallist has high hopes pinned upon her, with some viewing her as a potential threat to Amanda Nunes. While Harrison has nothing but praise for Nunes, she looks forward to sharing the Octagon with her someday.
Owing to the pandemic, Harrison hasn’t been able to compete under the PFL banner this year as the promotion suspended its 2020 season. Eager to step back into the action, the sixth-degree Judo black belt will now make her featherweight debut at Invicta FC 43.
Contrary to Harrison, Nunes did get a chance to compete this year. She successfully defended her featherweight title against Felicia Spencer. Apart from fighting, Harrison sees some similarities between her and Nunes this year.
“We both had a crazy year,” Harrison told MMA Junkie. “She just had a baby. I just got two babies. It’s been a heck of a year. She’s the GOAT. I’m a beginner, but she’s who I’m chasing. She knows that I know that, everyone knows that. She’s who I aspire to be like. That’s the goal, is to be the best ever.”
“Right now, I’m just focused on making 145, winning this fight, on to the next fight, on to the next fight, on to the next fight. But, one step at a time, that’s how that happens. I think in the future … I’m never going to say no.”
Harrison trains out of American Top Team. The gym is also home to notable other names of MMA such as Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Jorge Masvidal, Tyron Woodley, and Amanda Nunes herself. It also made news a few months back after parting ways with former interim champ Colby Covington.
The PFL champ believes that if she fights the UFC double champ in the future, it will be without any trash-talking, which is a common theme of most of the fights involving Covington.
“I’m never going to say no to that opportunity. I would do it with respect and utmost pride in being able to fight her, and I love Amanda. I think she is awesome. I think she’s a good person. I think she’s a great fighter,” Harrison said.
“I have nothing but good things to say about her, so if it happens, it’s not going to be like a nasty – it’s not going to be like a Colby-Masvidal. It’s going to be like a, I love you, but we’ve got to go do business. Let’s go both make some money,” she added.
As of now, Harrison has her eyes set on her featherweight debut in December. She will face Courtney King at Invicta FC 43 in the co-main event of this Friday’s event.
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