PFL CEO Peter Murray Disappointed By Harrison Leaving
Harrison has fought under the PFL for the past six years, becoming a two-time PFL Women’s Lightweight Champion. Her departure will see her fight in the bantamweight division against Holly Holm at UFC 300 on April 13, 2024. The move has given Harrison an appearance on a historic card, which is why Murray wished her well.
“Listen, we wish Kayla well. She’s a two-time champion with us, women’s 155, and she’s moving on to UFC. She’s going to be on a historic card, which I believe is a testament to the level and quality of talent in the PFL. We wish her well,” Murray said
But the departure was a bittersweet moment, given it ended a fight between Harrison and Cris Cyborg. They were linked with a bout in 2021 when Harrison was close to moving to Bellator. The PFL matched Bellator’s offer, which stopped her from moving. But PFL chairman Donn Davis was confident that the fight would take place, only for Harrison to reject it.
That is an opportunity missed, and Murray looked back with regret.
“We’re disappointed that fight between Cyborg and Kayla did not happen. We had the fight that matters. The fight that matters most. Candidly, the biggest fight in women’s sports, in MMA. Ultimately, Kayla made a decision to move on. We wanted to make that fight, but once again, we’re going to continue building what we’re building. We have a great PFLW roster, and in respect to contract details, it’s all good. We’re supportive of Kayla,” Murray added
This naturally begs the question: Will the PFL be able to keep its biggest stars moving forward? Well, it has an extensive roster, given the recent merger between Bellator and the PFL. They will have their PFL Vs. Bellator: Champs card on February 24, 2024, in Saudi Arabia, showing the best talent they have on offer.
They have Francis Ngannou, Claressa Shields, Amanda Serrano and Jake Paul under their books. That goes on to show the mass crossover appeal that they have. But the UFC is still considered the leading name in MMA, as shown by the viewing figures and live gates. But the PFL has shown that it is moving in the right direction by securing a big card in Saudi. In the meantime, Harrison was delighted at the new chance.
“When I started competing, my goal was to be the best…the Olympic champion of #MMA. The @UFC presents me with the opportunity to be just that. It’s been an amazing journey to reach this point, and I’m grateful for every step along the path. The highs and lows have all shaped me and made me an even better version of myself. God’s timing is perfect, and I am sure of one thing: My time is now. Let’s goooooo,” Harrison stated
Find all the latest boxing news and MMA breaking updates on boxingnews.com.