Kayla Harrison Urged To Develop ‘Thicker Skin’ By Ronda Rousey

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Former UFC bantamweight champion, ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey has offered some career advice to upcoming PFL talent, Kayla Harrison, urging the two-time Olympic gold medalist to develop some “thicker skin” as the latter’s career continues to gain momentum.

Rousey, the UFC’s first-ever bantamweight champion, like Harrison, is also an Olympian, scoring a bronze medal at the 2008 summer Beijing games. A true pioneer of women’s mixed martial arts, Rousey scored a 12-2 professional record over the course of a five-year career. 

While both Rousey and Harrison share a massively influenced judoka style, the latter’s career trajectory has already been likened to the former, with a matchup opposite current two-weight UFC world champion, Amanda ‘The Lioness’ Nunes already suggested for the 30-year-old in the coming years.

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With an undefeated 7-0 professional résumé, Harrison featured under the Invicta FC banner on November 20 at Invicta FC 43 in an exemption of her PFL contract – decimating Courtney King with brutal ground-and-pound before grabbing a second-round knockout win in her 145-pound debut.

Prior to the win, the Ohio native had competed exclusively as high as lightweight, scoring a pair of wins over Larissa Pacheco in a career rematch, and Bobbi Jo Dalziel in the 2019 PFL Women’s Lightweight tournament – earning championship spoils.
Speaking with ESPN MMA recently, Harrison detailed a piece of career advice Rousey had offered her before she had made the transition from Judo to professional mixed martial arts.

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That’s the one thing Ronda (Rousey) always told me about MMA,” Harrison detailed. “She was like, ‘you need to have thicker skin or you’re going to get eaten alive.’ Because I am a little bit of a sensitive person.

While Harrison’s professional career begins to take real shape, 33-year-old Californian, Rousey’s career in professional mixed martial arts came to its conclusion with a pair of knockout losses to former world champion, Holly Holm, and current titleholder, Nunes in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

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A prominent grappler, Rousey, also a former Strikeforce bantamweight champion has nabbed eye-catching career wins over Julia Budd, Miesha Tate (x2), Sarah Kaufman, Liz Carmouche, Sara McMann, Alexis Davis, Cat Zingano, and Bethe Correia.