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Kayla Harrison signs with UFC

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

MMA superstar Kayla Harrison has flirted with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) before. However, she ultimately decided to stay with the Professional Fighters League.

Yet, this time, she has made the jump. She has signed with the UFC late Tuesday night.

Kayla Harrison (Getty Images)

Her first fight with the new promotion will come at UFC 300. It will be a matchup of former champions.

Harrison will fight Holly Holm in her debut. Harrison was the 2019 and 2021 PFL Women’s Lightweight Champion.

Holm is a former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion.

UFC President Dana White has not announced where this fight will take place on the card. The belief is that it would have to be a part of the main card.

It is already a star-studded card for the April 13th card at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. So one or two of the men’s bouts would have to be moved to put this on the main card.

This is the second women’s fight announced for the card. Zhang Weili will defend her championship against Yan Xiaonan in a women’s strawweight championship match.

The 33-year-old Harrison brings a 16-1 record into the marquee matchup. Her only loss came in November 2022.

She was defeated by Larissa Pacheco by unanimous decision at PFL 10 in the aforementioned 2022 date.

Harrison has not fought since November 2023. She was initially supposed to fight Julia Budd before she was replaced by Aspen Ladd.

The Massachusetts native defeated Ladd by unanimous decision at PFL 10.

The 42-year-old Holm is 15-6 in her MMA career.

She has not fought since July 2023. That’s when she initially lost a bout to Mayra Bueno Silva.

However, the fight was eventually overturned to a no contest. That’s because Bueno Silva tested positive for Ritalinic acid in her system.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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