Kayla Harrison to PFL Contract Reportedly 'All But Done' amid WWE, UFC Links

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJanuary 18, 2022

FILE - Kayla Harrison is shown during a PFL (Professional Fighters League) bout against Larissa Pacheco at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., in this Thursday, May 9, 2019, file photo. Harrison's new bio reads, Olympic gold medalist, MMA champ, single mom. When tragedy struck her family, Harrison suddenly had to balance unexpected single motherhood with a blossoming career as an undefeated fighter for the PFL. Harrison is scheduled to fight against Cindy Dandois on Friday, June 25 in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Greg Payan, File)
AP Photo/Greg Payan, File

The Professional Fighters League is the "strong front-runner" to sign mixed martial artist and two-time Olympic gold medalist judoka Kayla Harrison, per MMA journalist Ariel Helwani.

"Not a done deal just yet, but they are definitely the strongest atop the leaderboard at the moment," Helwani wrote in his "Two-Cent Tuesdays" article on Substack.

Harrison, who has competed in the last four PFL seasons, most recently defeated Taylor Guardado via second-round submission to win the company's Women's Lightweight Tournament last October.

The PFL news comes amid talk that numerous organizations, including the WWE and UFC, were interested in signing the 31-year-old free agent.

"Everybody trying to sign Kayla. Even Walmart try to sign Kayla. The WWE been calling too, but we're interested in real fighting," manager Ali Abdelaziz told TMZ Sports.

"I think she's happy with PFL," Abdelaziz added. "But listen, I got great relationships with UFC, Bellator, but I have to show a little loyalty to PFL."

Harrison made her PFL debut in 2018. She has a lifetime 12-0 professional MMA record (11-0 PFL, 1-0 Invictus). Ten of her wins have come by knockout or submission.

Prior to her MMA career, Harrison was a dominant judoka who retired from the sport with a 45-7 record. She won gold medals in the 78-kilogram division at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.

Her resume also includes a gold medal at the 2010 World Championships and two more at the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games.