Don’t JINX it! Kayla Harrison optimistic about legacy fight against Cris Cyborg after PFL buys Bellator to become ‘global powerhouse’

Kayla Harrison hopes to fight Cris Cyborg after PFL acquired Bellator recently. She goes to battle this weekend after almost a year.


Don’t JINX it! Kayla Harrison optimistic about legacy fight against Cris Cyborg after PFL buys Bellator to become ‘global powerhouse’

Kayla Harrison on the possibility of fighting Cris Cyborg (via Instagram)

Kayla Harrison fights Aspen Ladd in PFL this weekend. Ahead of it, she gave her thoughts about a possible fight with Cris Cyborg. Cyborg is the reigning featherweight champion in the Bellator. The two have been teasing a matchup, but couldn’t make it happen due to different promotions. With PFL’s recent acquisition of Bellator, the possibility of Harrison vs. Cyborg has dramatically increased. Even, PFL founder Donn Davis was interested in this matchup.

In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour show, Kayla Harrison said that she was so worn off talking about Cris Cyborg. She kept her focus on her upcoming fight and cared less about the Cyborg matchup since it didn’t materialize after multiple attempts. However, she stated that the fight was closer than ever and she would do whatever was in her capacity to make it happen.

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I just get so tired of talking about her Ariel...It feels closer than ever. It feels closer than ever and that's why I'm not gonna jinx it. I'm not gonna talk about it, I'm not gonna think about it. I'm just gonna focus on Friday. Do everything I have to do to set up that. Awesome event! But until then, not gonna think about it.
Kayla Harrison (via MMA HOUR)

PFL founder Donn Davis called PFL the global powerhouse of MMA after acquiring Bellator. He instantly announced that a champions crossover fight between PFL and Bellator would happen in 2024. As such, he was keen on making Cris Cyborg vs. Kayla Harrison next year.

Kayla Harrison was a two-time lightweight title winner in the PFL while Cris Cyborg was a champion Bellator in the featherweight division. Cyborg won her last fight in Bellator 300 dominantly against Cat Zingano. But, Harrison faced her first professional loss in her last bout against Larissa Pacheco. Now, she returns this weekend to get back to the winning column.

PFL founder Donn Daivs announced the new global MMA powerhouse

PFL officially acquired the long-running successful MMA promotion Bellator this week. The negotiations of the deal were ongoing for months and finally, it has come to fruition. With this, the PFL founder Donn Davis was confident that they could compete with the UFC and become a co-leader in MMA.

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PFL founder Donn Davis
PFL founder Donn Davis (via Instagram)

Donn Davis made an appearance on the MMA Hour Show to discuss the PFL’s and Bellator’s future. As such, he said that their fighter roster has improved and come to par with the UFC. Further, he said that Bellator would continue to host one-off events while the PFL goes on with its league format.

However, he announced that a co-promotional event between the champions of PFL and Bellator would happen in 2024. As such, the long-teased Cris Cyborg vs. Kayla Harrison might finally happen.

Bellator hosted its last standalone event Bellator 301 last weekend. The PFL closes its year with a PPV this weekend. With the PFL buying Bellator, it has acquired fighters like Cris Cyborg, Sergio Pettis, and more.

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