Two-time Olympic judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison has signed a deal with World Series of Fighting. USA Today first reported the news.
Harrison will join the WSOF broadcast team and serve as brand ambassador, while preparing to make her professional MMA debut at some point in the future.
“I’ve been boxing and doing jiu-jitsu and all that, and the biggest thing for me, really, is that I miss competing,” Harrison said. “I miss fighting on the highest stages of the world, and the World Series of Fighting really gave me a great opportunity.”
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Harrison will make her WSOF commentary debut on Dec. 31 at WSOF 34 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Harrison, a former training partner of Olympic bronze medalist and former UFC champion Ronda Rousey, said that she’ll make her fighting debut at her own pace.
“A lot of times people like to compare me to Ronda,” Harrison said. “I’m my own person. I make my own decisions. I’ll do it in my own time.”
Considering Rousey’s success in MMA, there’s been a lot of high expectation and anticipation about Harrison competing in MMA.
“I just want everyone to be excited and expect big things from me,” Harrison said. “This is only the beginning.
“I’m excited for this new chapter. I’m excited to commentate. I’m excited to be a brand ambassador and help the World Series of Fighting grow their organization, as well as help me grow myself as a fighter, as a brand myself, and my foundation. So it’s all coming together, and I’m really excited to be working with such a positive and professional team.”
(Photo courtesy of Kayla Harrison)
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