Everything you need to know about American fighter, Judo gold medalist, and UFC competitor Kayla Harrison.
Kayla Harrison has a 16-1 MMA record. She first made her name in Judo, collecting a 45-7 record between 2009 and 2016, culminating with a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics.
Harrison's MMA career began with 15 straight wins, 14 of which came in the PFL. She beat Brittney Elkin via submission with an armbar in June 2018, beat Jozette Cotton via TKO less than two months later, and beat Moriel Charneski via TKO in her final fight of that year.
In 2019, Harrison began by beating Larissa Pacheco via unanimous decision that May, and she followed it up with two straight submission wins over Morgan Frier and Bobbi Jo Dalziel. She ended that year with a rematch against Pacheco that Harrison won via unanimous decision.
Harrison fought once in 2020, for Invicta Fighting Championships. She won that match against Courtney King via TKO in the second round.
Back in the PFL, she picked up three straight first-round wins in the first three of her four fights in 2021. She beat Mariana Morais, Cindy Dandois, and Genah Fabian in the first round, then beat Taylor Guardado with an armbar submission.
Harrison fought four times in 2022, beating Marina Mokhnatkina, Kaitling Young, and Martina Jindrova before losing via unanimous decision to Pacheco in their third fight. All three were decided via unanimous decision.
Harrision's PFL tenure ended with a unanimous decision win over Aspen Ladd in November 2023.
Harrison beat Aspen Ladd via unanimous decision in her last fight, which took place on November 24, 2023 in Washington, DC.
Harrison's entire MMA career has been fought in the Professional Fighters League, but UFC president Dana White announced that she has signed for the promotion and will debut against Holly Holm at UFC 300.
Kayla Harrison was born in Middletown, Ohio on July 2, 1990. She is 33 years old.
Kayla Harrison is 5-foot-8 and weighs 155 pounds. She competed in PFL's lightweight division and in Invicta Fighting Championships' featherweight division.
Kayla Harrison is estimated to be worth between $1 million and $2 million.