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Could We Still See Kayla Harrison vs. Cris Cyborg?

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Last week the Professional Fighters League announced that two-time PFL champion Kayla Harrison had re-signed with the promotion, seemingly shutting the door on a highly anticipated super fight against Cris Cyborg.  

Bellator CEO Scott Coker made a strong push for Harrison with the hopes of promoting Harrison vs. Cyborg, a fight likely to be the biggest in women’s MMA history. After months on the free agent market, Harrison was re-signed to a multi-year deal with the PFL after matching an offer made by Bellator MMA. 

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What is especially interesting about the announcement by the PFL was the development of a “super fight division” which would allow top stars of the PFL to compete against the “best fighters in the sport.” 

“I am excited to announce the PFL is launching a new pay-per-view super fight division where star MMA fighters will compete on a global stage against the best fighters in the sport,” PFL CEO Peter Murray said. “Two-time PFL Champion, Kayla Harrison, will be fighting in the PFL’s 2022 Season starting this April on ESPN networks and will also continue to build her legacy as a main event in the PFL’s PPV Super Fight Division.”

Issuing A Challenge

The announcement of its Super Fight Division left fans with a lot of questions. The biggest issue the PFL has faced is finding legitimate competition for Harrison and It didn’t take long for Scott Coker to chime in and question who exactly Harrison will face under the PFL banner.

“With Kayla right now, I don’t know who she’s gonna fight over there,” Coker told MMA Junkie Radio this week. “She’s got to fight the girls that are the dominant girls in that weight class, (who) are Cyborg, to me the greatest female fighter of all time, Amanda Nunes, and then Kayla. She’s growing, she’s doing very well, but she’s got to fight somebody to really showcase that she has that ability to fight at that elite level.”

It didn’t take long for Coker’s words to reach PFL founder and chairman Donn Davis who issued a challenge to the Bellator CEO.

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A cross-promotional event with Harrison vs. Cyborg as the headliner doesn’t seem that far-fetched considering Bellator has had a working relationship with RIZIN. Darrion Caldwell, Patricky Pitbull and Patchy Mix have all competed under the RIZIN banner while RIZIN bantamweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi is scheduled to compete in Bellator’s bantamweight Grand Prix beginning in April. 

A co-promoted event between the PFL and Bellator is feasible, but first Harrison will look to become a three-time champion under her promotion while Cris Cyborg is scheduled to rematch Arlene Blencowe for the women’s featherweight championship in Honolulu next month. 

Do you think we will see Harrison vs. Cyborg?


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