Kayla Harrison has revealed she has a number in her mind that, if it matches, could see her stay in the PFL rather than venture into free agency.
After his last contract fight with the PFL this week, Harrison is well on his way to becoming the most sought-after free agent in mixed martial arts. This is despite his debut in the sport in 2018. After a successful career as a judoka, which saw the Ohio native win two Olympic gold medals, one in London and one in Rio de Janeiro four years older Harrison later switched to MMA.
11 appearances later and the 31-year-old has an unblemished record that includes five knockouts and four submissions, a PFL lightweight championship and $ 1 million, and a solid foundation to become one of the greatest of all. time. She will look to further establish her path to the top with a second title this week.
With three first-round wins over Mariana Morais, Cindy Dandois and Genah Fabian, Harrison found herself in the 155-pound PFL women’s final for the second straight season. His quest for another dose of fame will see Harrison take on Taylor Guardado on Wednesday.
Aside from just one victory under the Invicta FC banner, Harrison’s entire professional career has been spent with the growing PFL promotion. However, his 11th fight with the organization will be the last of his current contract. Given his growing popularity and fanfare, many have suggested that a move to UFC or Bellator MMA could be considered.
Despite this, Harrison is not thrilled with the idea of free agency. The 31-year-old had previously suggested that the PFL should offer her an incredibly lucrative contract in order to retain her services for another season. Now it looks like the dominant product of America’s Top Team has a number that could have them extend their PFL stint in mind.
Kayla Harrison provides update on impending free agency
During a recent interview with Marc Raimondi of ESPN MMA, Harrison said she would be willing to avoid the “uncertainty” of free agency if her demands are met, especially now that she has a family to spare. subsist to needs.
“You know, I haven’t really thought about it. [Has becoming a mom impacted your thoughts on free agency?] I think so, in the sense that I now have two children, so… I have a number in mind that suits me, if I am offered this number, I will choose the security of this number rather than the uncertainty of the free will. [What number might that be?] It’s none of your business this number, ”Harrison joked.
Harrison went on to confirm that the number would be seven digits per fight. However, she insisted that her goal remains only to defeat Guardado at PFL 10 on Wednesday.
“That’s it. I don’t really think about it any further than that. You know, I have a job to do here… my job isn’t finished, the job isn’t finished, I’m going to go out and instill my willpower one turn at a time, one minute at a time, one trade at a time, one breath at a time and I’ll make Taylor quit. That’s all I’m really thinking about and I know the rest is ‘will fix on its own. Every time I have insisted on money, money has become a problem. But the moment I step back, I release all that negative energy and just focus on who I am supposed to do, the money comes in. It’s gonna work.
With Dana White’s final comments, it looks like a stint in the UFC won’t be on the table if Harrison commits to acting freely. Given the PFL star’s recent feud with Cris Cyborg, perhaps a move to Bellator to challenge the former UFC champion will become the most likely move for Harrison. However, his manager Ali Abdelaziz remains convinced that a deal can be negotiated with the PFL.
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