Olympic Judo Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison to Make MMA Debut at PFL 2 in Chicago

By: Tristen Critchfield
Apr 23, 2018

Two-time Olympic judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison will make her mixed martial arts debut this summer.

During an appearance on ”The MMA Hour,” Harrison revealed that she will compete at Professional Fighters League 2 in Chicago on June 21. Harrison initially signed with World Series of Fighting as a commentator last year.

WSOF recently rebranded as the PFL, which will hold a regular season followed by a postseason that will award $1 million payouts to the champions in six weight classes. No women’s divisions are currently listed on the promotion’s website.

“I’ve been waiting for a long time to fight,” Harrison said . “First, it was just me, I wanted to get my feet wet, get in there, see if I liked getting punched in the face and now that I’ve established that I do, we’ve sort of been waiting for the PFL to get their stuff together. Their stuff is together.”

Harrison did not name her opponent during her interview. The 27-year-old became the first American to win a gold medal in judo when she accomplished the feat at the 2012 Olympics in London. She repeated the accomplishment four years later at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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