Two-time PFL lightweight tournament victor, Kayla Harrison has officially inked a new multi-year deal with the organization ahead of the beginning of the 2022 season format in April.
Confirming Harrison’s signing in a promo video released on their official Twitter account, the PFL (Professional Fighters League) once again pen the undefeated wrestling ace to a multi-year deal following much speculation regarding her future.
“Surprise Surprise… The Queen is Back @KaylaH (Kayla Harrison)”
Harrison, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in Judo, struck gold at both the London 2012 summer games and then the Rio de Janeiro 2016 summer games, and boasts an undefeated 12-0 professional record.
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The 31-year-old has competed under the PFL banner since June 2018, representing the organization during a one-off appearance at Invicta FC 43 in November 2020 – stopping Cortney King with ground strikes.
A two-time lightweight tournament victor in back-to-back tournaments in 2019 and 2021, Harrison most recently completed her contractual obligations with the promotion back in October where she landed a second round armbar win over finalist, Taylor Guardado to win the 2021 instalment of the tournament.
The victory followed three prior wins last year, including a trio of dominant stoppages over Genah Fabian, Cindy Dandois, and Mariana Morais.
During her period of free agency since October, Harrison had been linked with a slew of potential moves, including a transition to the UFC ahead of a potential featherweight title outing against former American Top Team teammate, Amanda Nunes.
Harrison was also linked with a move to Bellator MMA in another featherweight title outing – this time against division queen, Cris Cyborg, however, PFL retained matching rights to Harrison, and matched an offer previously tabled by the Scott Coker-led organization.
Harrison defeated both Bobbi Jo Dalziel, and UFC alum, Larissa Pacheco en route to the 2019 PFL lightweight tournament victory.
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