Kayla Harrison Could Sign With UFC As Dana White Pivots

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Two-time PFL champion Kayla Harrison could sign with the UFC after all in free agency after UFC president Dana White sounded a bit more optimistic about her chances in the promotion.

Harrison is fresh off her 2021 championship win over Taylor Guardado as she defended her lightweight title for a second time. Before the 2020 PFL season cancelation, Harrison held the lightweight belt in her first season with the promotion.

Harrison and White have had a complicated relationship in recent months, with the two of them going back and forth in the media.

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But it sounds like White and Harrison’s team could be close to coming to terms on a deal, according to TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter.

Kayla Harrison Has Been In Talks With The UFC, Bellator During Free Agency

Harrison has had quite the busy offseason after successfully defending her PFL belt. She’s been seen at both wrestling and MMA events and had most recently been seen in attendance at a Bellator event to watch featherweight champion Cris Cyborg defend her title with a first-round knockout over Sinead Kavanagh.

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Harrison has remained in the public eye, doing various interviews and remaining brief on where she’ll be taking her talents to next. As of right now, Bellator and the UFC seem like the two most likely destinations for Harrison’s next chapter of her career.

Harrison trains with Amanda Nunes down at American Top Team in South Florida, and the two teammates have been hinting at fighting at each other for quite some time. While there is mutual respect between the two, Harrison knows that to prove she’s the best in the world, she has to beat the one who is currently holding that top spot.

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It’s unclear what could be next for Harrison, but it sounds like the UFC is cracking its doors open for a potential future signing.

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Curtis Calhoun is a Combat Sports Contributor based in Seattle, Washington. After a longtime dream of becoming a sports journalist, he was able to accomplish his goals upon graduating from Washington State University in 2016.