Kayla Harrison unlikely to Re-sign with PFL

PFL is likely going to lose one of their biggest stars as their talks with Kayla Harrison have hit a snag.

Ariel Helwani took to Twitter to report the news.

“Talks between Kayla Harrison and the PFL have hit a snag at the 11th hour, I’m told. They aren’t dead but road blocks have materialized. She is now assessing her next move and nothing is being ruled out.”  he wrote.


Harrison is a homegrown PFL star, she had fought for the promotion from the beginning of her career–apart from a lone featherweight bout in Invicta FC back when PFL canceled their tournament in 2020. Within the PFL, Harrison snatched two PFL lightweight tournament championships with relative ease  bringing home a total of $2 million in prize money.

The 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medalist in Judo is currently unbeaten in her professional MMA career with 12 wins with 10 of them by finishes.

A dream match between Harrison and the other two biggest stars on woman’s MMA in Amanda Nunes in the UFC and Cris Cyborg in Bellator has been a hot topic since her early professional career.

In December, MMA reporter Aaron Bronsteter reported that Harrison is having a contract discussion with the UFC.

Bronsteter went on to say that White “believes that there is only one way to find out whether Harrison can be considered the best in the world and that’s for her to join the UFC and face Amanda Nunes.”

But the plan might be halted as Nunes lost to Julianna Pena at UFC 269 and is now set to coach the 30th season of The Ultimate Fighter before having a rematch with Pena.

While on the other hand, Bellator’s president Scott Coker is openly interested in adding Harrison to his roster while she’s a free agent. Coker also stated in January that he’s been engaged in discussion with Harrison and her team.

Whether she chooses the UFC or Bellator, it seems that Harrison will have both promotions to prepare a hefty purse if they are really serious about acquiring the undefeated star.

You can watch Harrison’s finishes highlights in PFL here :