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Kayla Harrison is the most animated champion in MMA history. But muscles won’t help in the UFC

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 04:53:18

Kayla Harrison is the most animated champion in MMA history. But muscles won’t help in the UFC

Sergey Sorokin April 11, 2024, 16:30 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

The legendary American begins in the best league on the planet with the anniversary event.

On the night of April 13-14, the UFC 300 anniversary tournament will be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise (USA). Mixed martial arts fans will find a large number of exciting confrontations. Of particular interest is the women’s fight, in which Kayla Harrison and Holly Holm will compete. The two-time Olympic judo champion signed a contract with the best league on the planet in January and will compete in the bantamweight division. And the organization’s anniversary tournament was chosen for the debut. But there is a feeling that a move to a new promotion and a change in weight class could have a very serious impact on the chances of competing for the UFC championship belt.

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Kayla, even before entering MMA, became a recognizable personality in martial arts. She started by winning the World Judo Championships in 2010. The girl became the winner of the Pan American Games and the Pan American Championships. And most importantly, the athlete became a two-time Olympic champion. She is the first representative of the United States to achieve such an achievement. It was clear even then that Harrison would end up in mixed martial arts. And the girl was immediately signed by the PFL. In 2018, Kayla burst onto the MMA scene with her victory over Brittney Elkin.

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Throughout his career, Harrison has maintained a balance between lightweight and featherweight. The athlete was undefeated in mixed martial arts for a long time: she had a record of 15-0. But on November 25, 2022, in the finals of the PFL women’s lightweight tournament, Kayla lost to Larissa Pacheco by unanimous decision. However, after this the American managed to correct herself. She turned out to be stronger than Aspen Ladd at the PFL World Championship. And after that, the girl unexpectedly decided to conduct a risky experiment. Not only did she sign a contract with the UFC, but she also moved to a new division.

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The signing in the UFC itself does not raise any special questions. The American’s move to the best league on the planet has been expected for a long time. But at the same time, it’s not entirely clear how Harrison will fit in the bantamweight division. In PFL, Kayla competed in light weight, that is, up to 70 kg, and in judo he even fought in weight up to 78 kg. Now the American woman faces a grueling challenge to lose weight. Harrison needs to go under the 61kg bar. And such a test for the body can be extremely difficult for an athlete.

It is worth noting that Harrison has a very good chance in the opening match of the tournament. At 42 years old, Holly Holm is already slowly preparing for her retirement. And in the last three years, the Preacher’s Daughter has only fought two fights. First, Ketlen Vieira defeated her by split decision. And then the American turned out to be stronger than the Russian Yana Kunitskaya with a unanimous verdict. Therefore, we can say that Holm, 42, is far from being in the best shape.

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Harrison is the most animated champion in MMA history. But this is unlikely to help her in the UFC. Firstly, you will find it extremely difficult to gain weight consistently in order to reach the bantamweight limit. Secondly, athletes who have this native division will feel much more confident. But the main thing is that right now the weight is full of top girls who perfectly understand what to expect from Kayla. Pacheco showed exactly how to counter the Americans’ fight. And fights with Raquel Pennington, Julianna Peña and Ketlen Vieira could be a serious test. And the first challenge awaits the two-time Olympic champion next weekend.

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