Kayla Harrison will once again be able to accept offers from potential suitors after she becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2023.
The two-time Olympian and two-time PFL champion revealed on Wednesday that she has a total of three fights remaining on her current contract, including a scheduled fight with Larisa Pacheco on Friday at the 2022 PFL World Championship. After this fight, she will have two fights left in her contract, but after that she will have full autonomy to choose where she competes next.
“Well, I have two more fights left on my contract with the PFL,” Harrison said during an appearance on MMA time. After Friday I will have two more fights.
“I think [the contract] ends sometime in 2023. It ends immediately. So there is no matching, no limits, no 30 days, nothing.”
When Harrison previously became a free agent in 2021, she was still under an agreement with the PFL that allowed the promotion to match any other offer she received.
Harrison had a lucrative contract offer from Bellator MMA, but the PFL chose to honor the terms, resulting in her return to the organization. Since then, she has won three fights in a row, with her fourth scheduled for Friday in New York.
It looks like Harrison will have the option to choose who she signs with this time around, though that doesn’t mean the PFL is out of the race. However, she has already confirmed that she will not be returning to the PFL tournament format in 2023 and she needs fights to help define her legacy as the greatest female fighter of all time.
“There are multiple paths to greatness, but I’m not on the path yet,” Harrison said. “I haven’t been given a chance yet. I haven’t proven it, but I think I’m ready. I believe that I can win [everybody]”.
It’s no secret that Harrison has set her sights on a future fight with Bellator champion Cris Cyborg as a matchup that could bring her to the attention of the sport’s best. But it remains to be seen whether this fight will take place.
These days, Cyborg’s focus is on boxing, with her professional debut scheduled for December. She also hinted that she would return to Bellator to defend her title against former UFC fighter Cat Zingano.
Harrison still hopes for a chance to meet Cyborg, though that’s the least of her worries right now.
“You know who we want,” Harrison said, referring to Cyborg. “Ask me on November 26th. I don’t fuck until Saturday.”
Harrison vs. Pacheco is the main event of the first ever PFL pay-per-view to air on ESPN+ for $49.99.
According to Harrison, she was not consulted on pay-per-view time and does not earn any additional money from potential sales. But she had a problem with how it all came together.
“I’m a little annoyed,” Harrison explained. “Not [cut of the pay-per-view]. Obviously I’m not a board member or decision maker, but what does Cyborg keep saying? “Let’s see if she’s selling pay-per-views.” So from a personal standpoint, it makes me a bit frustrated that they do the first pay-per-view fight that I’ve already had twice and only give it a month to sell. I would like to promote it better.”
Harrison is hoping that despite her two previous wins over Pacheco, fans will still want to see how she performed in her third fight.
“I have a job Friday night,” she said. “My job is to get into the cage and fight. Go out and cement your legacy, keep going down this path and I hope people will tune in to see greatness in the making. I’m not there yet. We all know that I am not there yet, but I promise you that I will get there and when I do, you will want to witness it all.
“Because I’m a bad motherfucker and you can’t stop me. You want to watch.”