“My window of opportunity is closing”- Kayla Harrison is worried about wasting her talent

Harrison has a perfect undefeated record of 12-0 in MMA with 10 finishes and an equal number of knockouts and submissions.

Kayla Harrison
Kayla Harrison

2-time PFL MMA champion and Olympic champion Kayla Harrison is one tough woman that you don’t want to miss watching her compete but the fans should be worried about it if she thinks that her best competition is perhaps passing on with time. Harrison, a judoka with 2 Olympic Gold Medals, was recently on a free agency run the last year after she won the 2021 Professional Fighters League (PFL) Women’s Lightweight Grand Prix in October and it has been one roller coaster for her.

Kayla Harrison
Kayla Harrison

Harrison is perhaps the hottest free agent in the history of combat sports and she was hopping from deals to deals offered by organizations such as Bellator MMA and the UFC. However, it’s not assured but only seems that Harrison is close to signing back again with PFL. But the questions of where Harrison is going, is she really exploring her options, how long she will test her free agency, how much time she has and many more are still on rounds.

Kayla Harrison wants to become the best and therefore wants to fight as soon as possible

Kayla Harrison
Kayla Harrison

However, with not much revelation, Harrison hinted that a deal is perhaps being close to done, but if with PFL or not, that is not assured as of yet. In an interview with Ariel Helwani at MMA Fighting‘s The MMA Hour, Harrison talks about how frustrating it feels like to let time pass by her when she has fights but not those names that are enough for what she deserves.

“Unfortunately for me timing is everything and I’m just really worried that my window of opportunity to fight these girls is slowly closing,” says Harrison referring as “girls” to the likes of the current best female fighters in the world such as Amanda Nunes and Cris Cyborg.

“It’s hard to be patient, it’s hard to be this far in my career and then I mean… I’ll be 100% real with you right now. I look at Ronda and I look at what she achieved and I look at who she became and the star power that she had and the platform that she had and umm, it’s hard you know, it’s hard…

I want to change the world, I want to be the best, the ego in me wants everyone to know my name and to have no doubts and to say ‘damn Kayla Harrison the best ever to do it‘ you know it’s hard, it’s hard not to be there yet you know… [it] keeps me up at night and haunts me,” Harrison concludes.

What do you make of Kayla Harrison’s assessment of her career starting big but going slow? Do you think she is facing relatable issues in regards to the hype she has been carrying? How do you think Harrison’s career will go in the near future, do you see her potential to become a UFC champion?

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