Two-time PFL champion Kayla Harrison entered free agency after her win over Taylor Guardado. The submission win, in October 2021, extender her undefeated record to 12-0. Since then, speculations have run wild about her future, regarding potential signings with Bellator, the UFC and PFL. It is reported that she was even approached by the WWE.

Harrison has of course, resigned with the PFL in a decidedly historical contract. Her manager Ali Abdelaziz has claimed that the lucrative deal makes her the highest paid female mixed martial artist of all time.

However, the former Judoka revealed that she did indeed, receive offers from the UFC as well. The promotion reportedly made her a “first of its kind” offer. Harrison revealed in an interview with ESPN’s Marc Raimondi that her interactions with the promotion were positive.

“There were good interactions (with the UFC). It was a great deal (that they offered). And I think, again, I was very pleased to hear that it’s an offer that hasn’t really happened before.”

However, despite the pleasing nature of the dealings, Harrison chose to opt out of it. She stated issues with guarantees and timings as the reasons for the same.

“But I think that the guarantee is a little bit different. I don’t really know how to say this. It was a great offer, but getting into all the moving parts, getting into behind the scenes, getting into all the little things that people may not understand or know about—it didn’t make sense and the timing wasn’t right. And also, it didn’t matter because PFL would’ve matched that one.”

It seems that fans shall see Harrison fight in the PFL for the near future. However she plans on bigger fights in 2023 after winning her third straight championship this year. Who knows, maybe a lack of competition or a search for fresh blood shall lead her to the UFC or to Cris Cyborg in Bellator.

By Sidharth Kudva

Sidharth Kudva is an 18 year old rapper, poet, writer and journalist living in the city of Thane in Maharashtra, India.

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