Kayla Harrison arguably has become the face of the Professional Fighters League and says the promotion will have to pay to keep her from pursuing bigger fights for her legacy.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2019 PFL women's lightweight champion spoke with MMA Mania's Shakiel Mahjouri ahead of her semi-finals matchup with Genah Fabian at PFL 8 this Thursday night, discussing her future options and what it will take for the PFL to retain her services.
“Obviously, I have these next two fights in front of me. These are the most important things. I gotta go out there and I have to dominate and instill my will,” Harrison said. “I’ve also come to the realization that if PFL and I are going to negotiate, and if they’re unable to bring in new talent or whatever, they’re going to have to offer me life-changing money in order for me to be willing to give up my chance at a legacy. That’s kind of where I’m at mentally. I know the PFL is negotiating with my manager now. That’s stuff that I let them deal with. I have a job to do. I’m going to go out there and kick ass and chew bubble gum. The rest will work itself out. I have no doubt if I do everything right, the rest will work itself out.”
Harrison is currently undefeated as a pro with a record of 10-0 and the combined time of her two fights in PFL's 2021 season have lasted just over six minutes. Her most notable victories have come over Mariana Morais, Larissa Pacheco, and Cindy Dandois.