Two-time Olympic gold medalist and former reigning PFL women's lightweight champion, Kayla Harrison, is handling her first professional MMA defeat as well as possible.
Harrison spoke with reporters following her unanimous decision loss to Larissa Pacheco in their trilogy bout at the 2022 PFL's World Championships this past weekend and explained what went wrong in the fight for her, while also describing the pain losing causes her.
“I have a lot to work on,” Harrison said (h/t MMA Junkie). “Failure is my fuel. Some days you’re the nail and some days you’re the hammer. I feel like I’ve been the hammer for a while, and today I experienced being the nail. This is an opportunity for me to grow as a fighter and as a person. I’m very fortunate this isn’t the first time I’ve lost in life or in a sport setting. You know, I lost many times in judo. It’s a little different in MMA, obviously. It’s the world’s biggest stage. I obviously just lost my title. That hurts and it’s going to hurt for a while. It’s different in the sense there’s $1 million on the line. I feel like I’m the face of the promotion, so I dropped the ball a little bit. But losing is losing, you know. For me, I want to crawl out of my skin. I can’t stand it. It’s painful.”