Has the Kayla Harrison sweepstakes ended already? PFL return appears likely

It looks like Kayla Harrison may have already made her decision on where she’s going to call home. The two-time winner of the Professional Fighters League lightweight tournament may end up staying with the PFL, according to reports.

ariel helwani Harrison recently reported that he would likely return to the PFL, calling them the “strong favourite”. The PFL has been looking to secure Harrison for its 2022 season. This is at a time when the UFC, Bellator and even WWE are looking to sign the two-time Olympic gold medalist.

After a successful career in judo, Harrison joined the world of MMA. He made his PFL debut in 2018 and has dominated every opponent that has come his way. Now 12-0, Harrison has won five fights by knockout and five by submission. She even fought at Invicta FC in November 2020, tearing Courtney King apart in her debut at featherweight.

Harrison last fought in October at the PFL Finals, defeating Taylor Guardado via submission to win the 2021 lightweight tournament.

If a return to the PFL materializes, it would be exactly what manager Anderson Franca believed should happen. He said the promotion is a good place for Harrison to continue building his MMA career.

“Kayla is an Olympic athlete, she accepts great challenges and she is prepared too”, Franca told MMA Fighting. “If the fight is done [and we say], ‘Kayla, you will fight Cris Cyborg tomorrow’, she will fight her. As a coach, I think she could stay one more year in the PFL and go step by step, but I don’t know how the financial part is, if she will re-sign with the PFL or sign with another organization. I haven’t talked to her about it yet.”

Bellator has tried to influence Harrison with a possible fight against Cris Cyborg, while the UFC has shown great interest in Harrison, according to Helwani.