Kayla Harrison has the potential to become a millionaire just over half a dozen fights into her MMA career. It’s a rare opportunity afforded to a fighter with her experience, but the two-time Olympic gold medalist said it’s not going to derail her journey in the sport.
Harrison (3-0) said she’s committed to fighting long-term. So whether or not she nets $1 million by winning the upcoming PFL women’s lightweight tournament, which begins on May 9, she said she’s still going to keep the same focus and commitment to evolving as an MMA athlete.
“I was never motivated by money,” Harrison told MMA Junkie. “Especially when you come from an Olympic background, you don’t do it to be famous, you don’t do it to be rich – you literally do it because you want to stand on top of a podium and have an object placed around your neck. You want to be known as the best in the world at what you do.
“I’m not motivated by money. I’m not even motivated by anything outside. I’m motivated by I want to wake up every day and be the best possible version of myself.”