PFL CEO Peter Murray believes that the clash between Cris Cyborg and Kayla Harrison will happen in PFL, or at a co-promoted event with Bellator.
During his most recent appearance on The MMA Hour Murray said:
“Listen, I think that’s the fight that fans would like to see. That’s a fight that the PFL would like to get behind. Kayla said she wants that fight. I think it’s going to come down to Cris Cyborg, does Cris Cyborg want that fight? And whether Cris decides to come over to the PFL to make that fight and perhaps other fights happen, that’s one scenario. And another scenario is a co-promotion. And we’re proponents of both.”
He also revealed that PFL made some attempts to get Cyborg on board:
“Our understanding is she is a free agent. We’d like to make that fight happen. There’s certainly been outreach. We’re looking forward to getting into it in earnest… There’s no dancing around it. It’s not a surprise, or it’s not new news that this is a fight to PFL would like to make happen or Kayla. And so I think in the coming weeks we’re looking forward to seeing what’s possible.”
Cyborg is the reigning Bellator women’s featherweight champion and one of the biggest free agents in MMA today. Her contract expired this summer after a successful title defense against Arlene Blencowe at Bellator 279. She was unbeaten since 2005 until she took on Amanda Nunes at UFC 232, which was her lone defeat. She won the championship gold in the UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce, and Invicta FC.
Harrison was a force to reckon with since her MMA debut back in 2018. The two-time Olympic gold medalist in Judo sports an unblemished 14-0 record and she’s expected to win her third consecutive PFL title.
The two of them were trading verbal blows and calling each other out for quite some time now. Harrison went as far as to sign the contract with Bellator, but PFL matched the offer in order to re-sign her.
Reigning Bellator champion Cris Cyborg has stated she would be willing to make 155lbs for a showdown with Kayla Harrison.
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