Judo Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison signs with UFC, set to face Holly Holm at UFC 300

UFC CEO Dana White announced on Tuesday night that the promotion has successfully signed the two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison. The anticipation surrounding Harrison’s potential move to the UFC had been brewing for quite some time, and fans can now rejoice as she is set to make her debut at UFC 300 on April 13.

Harrison’s opponent for this highly anticipated bout will be former bantamweight champion Holly Holm. Adding to the intrigue, both competitors will be stepping into the octagon at bantamweight. This will mark Harrison’s first venture into the 135lbs category in her MMA career.

Kayla Harrison boasts an impressive record of 16-1, with her most recent victory being a decisive decision win over Aspen Ladd in November. This win came after a surprising decision loss to Larissa Pacheco in the 2022 PFL women’s featherweight tournament finals. Harrison was a huge betting favorite going into the bout since she had already defeated Pacheco twice.

Notable names on Harrison’s list of victories include Cindy Dandois, Kaitlin Young, and Genah Fabian.

On the other hand, Holly Holm (15-6 and 1 NC) is eager to bounce back after her last main event bout against Mayra Bueno Silva ended in a submission loss. It was later overturned to a No Contest as Silva tested positive for ritalinic acid.

Before that match, Holm returned to the win column with a decision victory over Yana Santos. Currently ranked fifth in the bantamweight division, Holm is a former champion. She secured the title in 2015 with a memorable KO win over Ronda Rousey.

Despite facing setbacks in her attempts for the featherweight title, Holm has secured notable victories over Raquel Pennington, Irene Aldana, and Bethe Correia.

With the inclusion of the Kayla Harrison vs. Holly Holm bout, UFC 300 promises to be an unforgettable event with a stacked card. The confirmed matchups are as follows:

Zhang Weili vs. Yan Xiaonan
Justin Gaethje vs. Max Holloway
Jiri Prochazka vs. Aleksandar Rakic
Charles Oliveira vs. Arman Tsarukyan
Kayla Harrison vs. Holly Holm
Calvin Kattar vs. Aljamain Sterling
Bo Nickal vs. Cody Brundage
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Cody Garbrandt