Kayla Harrison lays out plan to win UFC gold and beat Amanda Nunes to become the ‘greatest of all time’

Kayla Harrison lays out plan to win UFC gold and beat Amanda Nunes to become the 'greatest of all time'Kayla Harrison believes she will go down as the greatest female fighter of all time. After blasting through the…

Kayla Harrison lays out plan to win UFC gold and beat Amanda Nunes to become the 'greatest of all time'

Kayla Harrison believes she will go down as the greatest female fighter of all time.

After blasting through the competition under the PFL banner for years, Harrison made her UFC debut at the promotion’s landmark event in April, scoring a second-round submission victory over former bantamweight titleholder Holly Holm. The victory immediately thrust the two-time Olympic gold medalist into the division’s top 10, occupying the No. 6 slot and putting her in position to challenge for the 135-pound crown.

Kayla Harrison

Thus far, no announcements have been made regarding Harrison’s sophomore appearance inside the Octagon, but if she gets her wish, it’ll be for a shiny new UFC belt. However, that’s only part one of Harrison’s two-part plan to become the GOAT of women’s MMA.

“I’m gonna go win the UFC title, lure Amanda [Nunes] back, beat the sh*t out of Amanda, and then I’m going to be the greatest of all time,” Harrison said on The Ariel Helwani Show.

With wins over some of MMA’s biggest stars, including Valentina Shevchenko, Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Cris Cyborg, Holly Holm, Julianna Pena, and current bantamweight champion Raquel Pennington, it’s hard to argue against Nunes being the best fighter the sport has ever seen on the women’s side of things.

Amanda Nunes

After claiming and defending both the bantamweight and featherweight belts, ‘The Lioness’ laid down her gold and her gloves following a dominant defense against Irene Aldana in 2023, bringing an end to her 15-year-long career. However, Nunes has left the door open for a potential return.

Amanda Nunes

Could Kayla Harrison be the perfect bait to bring in her back into the fold at 135?

Kayla Harrison snaps back at PFL founder Donn Davis

Last month, PFL found Donn Davis threw some shade at his former star, calling Kayla Harrison a “follower who needs validation” via a basketball analogy using NBA stars LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

Responding to Davis’ comments, Harrison understandably snapped back, making it clear that while she takes pride in what she accomplished in the PFL, her goal from day one was to become a UFC champion.

“Honestly, I’m living my best life,” Harrison said. “I take great pride in what I built at the PFL. I carried that company on my back for quite a while, and I’ve got big shoulders, so I can handle it. I just don’t have time for that bullsh*t. Every day, I wake up, I get to go to the gym, I get to train with the people that I respect, admire, and look up to. I’m chasing a dream.

When I started MMA, the goal wasn’t to make a sh*t ton of money. The goal wasn’t to be rich and famous, the goal was to be UFC champion. That’s why I’m here and that’s what I want to do. If anyone has a problem with it, they can go f*ck themselves” (h/t MMA Mania).

Kayla Harrison

Kayla Harrison lays out plan to win UFC gold and beat Amanda Nunes to become the ‘greatest of all time’

Kayla Harrison lays out plan to win UFC gold and beat Amanda Nunes to become the 'greatest of all time'Kayla Harrison believes she will go down as the greatest female fighter of all time. After blasting through the…

Kayla Harrison lays out plan to win UFC gold and beat Amanda Nunes to become the 'greatest of all time'

Kayla Harrison believes she will go down as the greatest female fighter of all time.

After blasting through the competition under the PFL banner for years, Harrison made her UFC debut at the promotion’s landmark event in April, scoring a second-round submission victory over former bantamweight titleholder Holly Holm. The victory immediately thrust the two-time Olympic gold medalist into the division’s top 10, occupying the No. 6 slot and putting her in position to challenge for the 135-pound crown.

Kayla Harrison

Thus far, no announcements have been made regarding Harrison’s sophomore appearance inside the Octagon, but if she gets her wish, it’ll be for a shiny new UFC belt. However, that’s only part one of Harrison’s two-part plan to become the GOAT of women’s MMA.

“I’m gonna go win the UFC title, lure Amanda [Nunes] back, beat the sh*t out of Amanda, and then I’m going to be the greatest of all time,” Harrison said on The Ariel Helwani Show.

With wins over some of MMA’s biggest stars, including Valentina Shevchenko, Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Cris Cyborg, Holly Holm, Julianna Pena, and current bantamweight champion Raquel Pennington, it’s hard to argue against Nunes being the best fighter the sport has ever seen on the women’s side of things.

Amanda Nunes

After claiming and defending both the bantamweight and featherweight belts, ‘The Lioness’ laid down her gold and her gloves following a dominant defense against Irene Aldana in 2023, bringing an end to her 15-year-long career. However, Nunes has left the door open for a potential return.

Amanda Nunes

Could Kayla Harrison be the perfect bait to bring in her back into the fold at 135?

Kayla Harrison snaps back at PFL founder Donn Davis

Last month, PFL found Donn Davis threw some shade at his former star, calling Kayla Harrison a “follower who needs validation” via a basketball analogy using NBA stars LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

Responding to Davis’ comments, Harrison understandably snapped back, making it clear that while she takes pride in what she accomplished in the PFL, her goal from day one was to become a UFC champion.

“Honestly, I’m living my best life,” Harrison said. “I take great pride in what I built at the PFL. I carried that company on my back for quite a while, and I’ve got big shoulders, so I can handle it. I just don’t have time for that bullsh*t. Every day, I wake up, I get to go to the gym, I get to train with the people that I respect, admire, and look up to. I’m chasing a dream.

When I started MMA, the goal wasn’t to make a sh*t ton of money. The goal wasn’t to be rich and famous, the goal was to be UFC champion. That’s why I’m here and that’s what I want to do. If anyone has a problem with it, they can go f*ck themselves” (h/t MMA Mania).

Kayla Harrison

Dana White floats Kayla Harrison – Amanda Nunes fight after UFC 300 debut win: ‘It would be fun’

Dana White eyes Kayla Harrison vs. Amanda Nunes fight after UFC 300 debut it would be funAfter witnessing Kayla Harrison’s domination at UFC 300, Dana White was very excited about the idea of her facing…

Dana White eyes Kayla Harrison vs. Amanda Nunes fight after UFC 300 debut it would be fun

After witnessing Kayla Harrison’s domination at UFC 300, Dana White was very excited about the idea of her facing a UFC legend like Amanda Nunes.

Nunes was even paying close attention to the Harrison and Holly Holm fight, much to the pleasure of White. Nunes posted a video of her reacting to Harrison’s performance on her social media accounts, and it could be perceived as a good indication that she may be the next opponent for Kayla Harrison.

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Nunes stepped away from the game in June of 2023 after a win over Irene Aldana at UFC 289. At the time, she was widely regarded as the greatest Women’s combat sports athlete of all time and is still largely held in the same esteem today. Upon stepping away from the game, she had a recently born child, and it made sense that she’d be taking her leave. She did, however, also leave the door open for another fight or two in the future.

Dana White Speaks on the potential for an Amanda Nunes vs. Kayla Harrison fight

At the UFC 300 post-fight press conference, Dana White was very honest about his feelings. When asked if he saw Nunes’ reaction on social media, he replied in the affirmative.

Kayla Harrison UFC 300

“I did, I like it,” White told media members (H/T MMA Junkie). “I thought she retired too soon anyway. I like that she’s intrigued by this fight. I love it.”

“I love Amanda,” Dana White continued. Amanda and I have an incredible relationship. I think that she’s the GOAT in all combat sports female. So if Kayla can go in there and win a title, it would absolutely be fun to see her come back and try to grab it.”

The two fighters were actually former training partners, once upon a time. Both Women trained at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida, but eventually Nunes left the gym towards the end of her career.

Amanda Nunes claims next champion will be "fake forever" following UFC 289 win retirement

“Let me tell you what, so going in against a legend like Holly, who’s got tons of time in the octagon, I don’t care what level Kayla Harrison has competed at, I guarantee you she had some serious jitters tonight,” White said. “She came in there and performed, and she literally put it to an absolute legend of all of combat sports. Obviously, a big night for her and a big win.”

Are you interested in seeing Dana White put together an Amanda Nunes vs. Kayla Harrison fight?

Ex-champion Amanda Nunes frustrated by Kayla Harrison’s UFC 300 snub

Kayla Harrison scored a huge win over Holly Holm in her Octagon debut. Going into her UFC 300 clash…

Kayla Harrison scored a huge win over Holly Holm in her Octagon debut.

Going into her UFC 300 clash with ‘The Preacher’s Daughter,’ the two-time Olympic gold medalist was a sizeable -450 favorite — and for good reason. It took Harrison less than a round-and-a-half to finish Holm and establish herself as the next big thing in the women’s bantamweight division.

Kayla Harrison vs. Holly Holm

Speaking with Joe Rogan immediately following her coming-out party in Las Vegas, Kayla Harrison declared that she would have UFC gold around her waist by the end of 2024.

Taking in the action was former two-division UFC champion Amanda Nunes. ‘The Lioness’ took to X while appearing to wait for a callout from Harrison that would never come.

With Nunes walking away from the sport following her UFC 289 title defense against Irena Aldana, the bantamweight division has moved on from Nunes — except for Julianna Pena who’s still salty about missing out on the rubber match.

Julianna Pena reacts to Amanda Nunes retirement

The Path to Kayla Harrison vs. Amanda Nunes is Clear

Currently, UFC veteran Raquel Pennington is holding down the division as the reigning bantamweight champ. She is expected to square off with ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ later this year with the winner presumably squaring off with Kayla Harrison next.

If Harrison goes on to win the title, a fight with the returning Amanda Nunes seems to be the next logical step.

Amanda Nunes is largely considered to be the greatest female fighter in mixed martial arts history, having won both the bantamweight and featherweight world titles during her decade-long run in the Octagon. Her most notable victory undoubtedly came against Cris Cyborg — the only other female fighter who could potentially top her in the great GOAT debate.

Amanda Nunesa and Cris Cyborg

She also holds two wins over former flyweight queen Valentina Shevchenko and a slew of current or former champions, including Julianna Pena, Raquel Pennington, Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm, and Germaine de Randamie.

Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey