Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison is one of the most talked about prospects in the entire sport of mixed martial arts as she prepares to make her third appearance inside the cage at the Professional Fighters League (PFL) card on New Year’s Eve.
Considering she did what no other American had done in judo in the Olympics, including former UFC champion Ronda Rousey, it’s understandable why the spotlight has been so bright on Harrison this early in her career.
She may be very young in her mixed martial arts experience but Harrison’s manager Ali Abdelaziz says that she’s already got goals in mind like becoming the best women’s fighter of all time.
To accomplish that feat, Abdelaziz sees no other path than the one that ends with Harrison facing current UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg, who is about to face Amanda Nunes at UFC 232 on Saturday night.
“I believe the fight that needs to happen — right now [Cris] Cyborg is the [greatest of all time] but I believe Cyborg and Kayla Harrison need to fight at the end of 2019 or 2020,” Abdelaziz told MMAWeekly. “I think Cyborg is the greatest combat athlete ever competing in the cage and a lot of people think I’m crazy. I’ve trained with [Kayla] and she’s legit.
“She has high level wrestling, high level jiu-jitsu, high level striking and I have so much respect for Cyborg what she’s accomplished but I think to declare the best female fighter, these two need to fight.”