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Kayla Harrison dominates Holly Holm in UFC debut

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Kayla Harrison had a lot of pressure on her going into her UFC 300 bout. And she lived up to those expectations. 

Harrison, who signed with the UFC in January, defeated former UFC Champion Holly Holm in the second round at UFC 300 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight was stopped at 1:47 in the second round with a rear-naked choke. 

UFC stars Holly Holm and Kayla Harrison grapple during their bantamweight fight
Holly Holm and Kayla Harrison grapple during their bantamweight fight (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

This was a dominant performance for Harrison, as she did damage in the first round before setting up the submission in the second round. This is Harrison’s seventh submission win in her MMA career. 

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The 33-year-old Ohio native improved to 17-1 in her career. She has now won two straight bouts following her first career loss to Larissa Pacheco at Professional Fighters League 10 in November 2022. 

The win over Holm was her bantamweight debut. Harrison had to drop weight for the bout, as MMA bantamweight bouts range from 126 to 135 pounds. She has a listed weight of 155. 

This was Harrison’s first submission win in nearly two years. Her last submission win came by an arm-triangle choke submission to Martina Jindrová at PFL 9 on August 20th, 2022, in London, England. 

The 42-year-old Holm fell to 15-7-1 with the loss. This was just her second submission loss in her career. 

The other submission came in a rear-naked choke technical submission to Miesha Tate at UFC 196 on March 5th, 2016. Holm lost the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship to Tate in this bout. 

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Holm is on a two-fight winless streak. She initially lost to Mayra Bueno Silva on July 15th, 2023 due to a submission (ninja choke). 

However, the fight was later changed to a no-contest after Silva had tested positive for Ritalinic acid.

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Anthony Caruso III
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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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