Former Olympic judoka Kayla Harrison (8-0) is arguably the biggest homegrown star the U.S.-based Professional Fighters League has produced, but she hasn't stepped into the organization's cage since December 2019.
That will soon change.
The PFL, which presents MMA in a unique, season-based format, is ramping back up after a yearlong hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. The third event of the league's 2021 resurgence goes down Thursday in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on ESPN. Harrison, who won the Women's Lightweight title in 2019—along with the customary $1 million prize for each champ—will co-headline that event opposite 26-fight veteran Mariana Morais (16-10).