This Month’s MMA Birthdays: Kayla Harrison Celebrates No. 30

By: Brian Knapp
Jul 1, 2020

The great expectations that greeted Kayla Harrison’s arrival in mixed martial arts have been met with flawless results thus far. She turns 30 on July 2.

A two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo, Harrison operates out of the revered American Top Team camp in Coconut Creek, Florida. She signed with the World Series of Fighting in 2016 and made her debut under the rebranded Professional Fighters League less than two years later. Harrison won her first five bouts with the promotion—four of them by knockout, technical knockout or submission—and entered the 2019 PFL playoffs as a prohibitive favorite. A submission of Bobbi Jo Dalziel in the semifinals was followed by a five-round unanimous decision over Larissa Pacheco in the Dec. 31 final, as the Middletown, Ohio, native became the PFL’s first women’s lightweight champion and improved her undefeated record to 7-0.

Others in MMA celebrating a birthday during the month of July:

JULY 1

Amar Suloev, 1976-2016
Vener Galiev, 45
Forrest Griffin, 41
Cat Zingano, 38
Ali Yaakub, 36
Karlos Vemola, 35
Norman Paraisy, 34
Craig White, 30
William Macario, 29
Mario Bautista, 27

JULY 2

Jose Canseco, 56
Brad Cardinal, 42
Dawond Pickney, 42
Reuben Duran, 37
Vinny Magalhaes, 36
Sevak Magakian, 35
Godofredo Castro, 33
Brett Cooper, 33
Kayla Harrison, 30
Hakeem Dawodu, 29

JULY 3

Joe Moreira, 59
Mike Bencic, 54
Brendan Seguin, 44
Wanderlei Silva, 44
Tommy Depret, 41
Danny Abbadi, 37
Sascha Weinpolter, 34
Tim Williams, 34
Adam Milstead, 33
Jesse Bazzi, 29

JULY 4

Yoshihisa Yamamoto, 50
Kelly Dullanty, 43
Dave Vader, 43
Julia Budd, 37
Shamil Zavurov, 36
Harry Johnson, 34
Danaa Batgerel, 31
Tyree Fortune, 30
Charlie Ontiveros, 29

JULY 5

Tengiz Tedoradze, 53
John Alessio, 41
Edson Berto, 37
Kevin Knabjian, 36
Ian McCall, 36
Maurice Greene, 34
Waqar Umar, 30
Luis Pena, 27
Keanu Subba, 26
Joe Giannetti, 25

JULY 6

Tom Erikson, 56
Valerie Coolbaugh, 46
Masaaki Sugawara, 41
Mike Rio, 39
Gesias Cavalcante, 37
Laura Howarth, 33
Nick Roehrick, 33
Hans Stringer, 33
Dmitriy Sosnovskiy, 31
Randy Costa, 26

JULY 7

Michael Westbrook, 48
Jason Brilz, 45
Pat Barry, 41
Eliot Marshall, 40
Stav Economou, 34
Jon Manley, 34
Patricio Freire, 33
Adam Yandiev, 32
Cody Garbrandt, 29
Adam Borics, 27

JULY 8

Taiei Kin, 50
Nick LoBosco, 36
Aleksei Butorin, 34
Michael Arrant, 33
Yosuke Saruta, 33
Ryan Walker, 31
Randy Brown, 30
Jonas Billstein, 29
Kiamrian Abbasov, 27
Angela Lee, 24

JULY 9

Matt Lee, 49
Tim Credeur, 43
George Sotiropoulos, 43
Gerald Turek, 41
Peter Davis, 39
Alan Patrick Silva Alves, 37
Cristiane Justino, 35
Vitaly Shemetov, 35
Ashlee Evans-Smith, 33
Belal Muhammad, 32

JULY 10

Pete Williams, 45
Gabriel Miglioli, 39
Gleison Tibau, 37
Lester Caslow, 36
Brock Jardine, 35
Chel Erwin-Davis, 34
Aaron Derrow, 33
Helen Peralta, 32
Adam Acquaviva, 28
Austin Lingo, 26

JULY 11

Jesse Finney, 46
Masutatsu Yano, 45
Sky Moiseichik, 42
Adam Maciejewski, 40
Josh Clopton, 39
Enoc Solves Torres, 36
Brandon Thatch, 35
Kron Gracie, 32
Izabela Badurek, 29
Demetrius Wilson, 26

JULY 12

Keiichiro Yamamiya, 48
Amir Rahnavardi, 46
Brock Lesnar, 43
Soa Palelei, 43
Carlos Eduardo Rocha, 39
Mitch Whitesel, 39
Koshi Matsumoto, 37
Anthony Dizy, 32
Stephanie Eggink, 32
Cody Pfister, 30

JULY 13

Ricardo Liborio, 53
Dave Strasser, 51
Tom Aaron, 42
Hidehiko Hasegawa, 42
Jonathan Goulet, 41
Tom Watson, 38
Lee Burns, 36
Rina Tomita, 36
Juan Barrantes, 33
Cynthia Calvillo, 33

JULY 14

Kazushi Sakuraba, 51
Mostapha Al-Turk, 47
Falaniko Vitale, 46
Wagnney Fabiano, 45
Rolles Gracie, 42
Leonard Garcia, 41
Shane Roller, 41
Alex Garcia, 33
Conor McGregor, 32
Jason Knight, 28

JULY 15

Antony Rea, 44
Matt Mitrione, 42
Leonardo Pecanha, 38
Edward Faaloloto, 35
Kevin Croom, 33
Chris Curtis, 33
Roman Dolidze, 32
Viktor Pesta, 30
Andres Quintana, 29
Steven Rodriguez, 29

JULY 16

Joe Charles, 62
Christophe Leninger, 58
Roland Payne, 56
Bobby Lashley, 44
Javier Vazquez, 43
Toby Imada, 42
Kazuhiro Nakamura, 41
Walel Watson, 36
Lacey Schuckman, 32
Louis Smolka, 29

JULY 17

Alexander Otsuka, 49
Yuki Kondo, 45
Sean McCorkle, 44
Ricardo Arona, 42
Mamed Khalidov, 40
Travis Browne, 38
Marcus LeVesseur, 37
Saul Elizondo, 35
Bruno Santos, 33
Mike Byrnes, 30

JULY 18

Crosley Gracie, 41
Damir Mihajlovic, 38
Hatsu Hioki, 37
Ben Askren, 36
Alexander Yakovlev, 36
Yerzhan Estanov, 35
Andreas Michailidis, 32
Philip Rowe, 30
Andrey Kovalev, 27
Grachik Bozinyan, 25

JULY 19

Jeremiah Constant, 46
Freddy Assuncao, 38
Raphael Assuncao, 38
Mark Dickman, 36
Elvis Mutapcic, 34
Hector Sandoval, 34
Jon Jones, 33
Justin Willis, 33
Manny Bermudez, 26
Valerie Loureda, 22

JULY 20

Aaron Simpson, 46
Pat Healy, 37
Ryan Healy, 37
Ryan McCurdy, 35
Brenton Taylor, 35
Gilbert Burns, 34
Aaron McKenzie, 32
Alec Williams, 30
DiMarcco Hutchison, 27
Alexey Vartanov, 23

JULY 21

Paulo Cesar Silva, 57
Aaron Stark, 45
Chris Leben, 40
Yushin Okami, 39
Alessandro Ricci, 38
Joey Gomez, 34
Antonio dos Santos Jr., 32
Ivan Castillo, 30
Filip Pejic, 28
Danilo Belluardo, 26

JULY 22

Carlos Barreto, 52
Adrienna Jenkins, 39
Mark Hominick, 38
Eddie Gordon, 37
Cain Carrizosa, 34
Israel Adesanya, 31
Rory MacDonald, 31
Lerone Murphy, 29
Reina Miura, 24
Wellington Turman, 24

JULY 23

Guram Gugenishvili, 1987-2014
Georgy Kaysinov, 49
Akira Kikuchi, 42
Sergio Moraes, 38
LeVon Maynard, 37
Kalindra Faria, 34
Chad Laprise, 34
Marcus Vanttinen, 33
Julius Anglickas, 29
Teruto Ishihara, 29

JULY 24

Jason DeLucia, 51
Takahiro Kajita, 44
Nathan Coy, 42
Mike Lullo, 41
Tim Carpenter, 40
Josh Sampo, 36
Anderson dos Santos, 35
Igor Svirid, 34
Julian Lane, 33
Jamall Emmers, 31

JULY 25

Seth Kleinbeck, 47
Tiequan Zhang, 42
Tom Niinimaki, 38
Michel Prazeres, 37
Vitaly Bigdash, 36
Eric Wisely, 36
Dean Garnett, 32
Chris Honeycutt, 32
Alex Trinidad, 30
Brendon Raftery, 29

JULY 26

Jeff Blatnick, 1957-2012
Yukio Sakaguchi, 47
Tony DeSouza, 46
Jacen Flynn, 42
Devin Clark, 32
Anthony Smith, 32
Mandel Nallo, 31
Mike Wootten, 31
Thomas Gifford, 28
Costello van Steenis, 28

JULY 27

Joe Rodriguez, 43
Drew McFedries, 42
Lauren Murphy, 37
Daniel Straus, 36
Julia Borisova, 35
Rafael Carvalho, 34
Jessica Eye, 34
Macy Chiasson, 29
Akhmed Musakaev, 27
Phumi Nkuta, 25

JULY 28

Brian Johnston, 52
Dana White, 51
Fabiano Iha, 50
Danny Davis Jr., 38
Cain Velasquez, 38
Ilir Latifi, 37
George Pacurariu, 36
Darrell Horcher, 33
Greg Hardy, 32
Gunnar Nelson, 32

JULY 29

Branden Lee Hinkle, 47
Dave Menne, 46
Yoshihiro Akiyama, 45
Jay Hieron, 44
Jacob Noe, 40
Justin Robbins, 40
Steve Bosse, 39
Matt Grice, 39
Travis Perzynski, 32
Krystian Kaszubowski, 26

JULY 30

Murilo Bustamante, 54
Kristof Midoux, 48
Josh Haynes, 43
Fabricio Werdum, 43
Marius Zaromskis, 40
Robert Emerson, 39
Steve Lopez, 36
Shane Primm, 36
Anthony Christodoulou, 33
Devonte Smith, 27

JULY 31

Anthony Torres, 42
Wagner Campos, 39
Joseph Benavidez, 36
Edwin Figueroa, 36
Uriah Hall, 36
Dalcha Lungiambula, 35
Julian Erosa, 31
Aljamain Sterling, 31
Daniel Spitz, 30
Thomas Almeida, 29

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