Kayla Harrison: I’ll Make Dana White Eat His Words

Two-time PFL champion Kayla Harrison is ready to prove to Dana White that she’s “worth the investment,” and plans on making the UFC President eat his words.

Harrison has made a dominant tear towards the top of the MMA agenda in the past few years, …

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Two-time PFL champion Kayla Harrison is ready to prove to Dana White that she’s “worth the investment,” and plans on making the UFC President eat his words.

Harrison has made a dominant tear towards the top of the MMA agenda in the past few years, and currently sits as the most sought-after free agent in the sport. It’s easy to see why that’s the case.

The Ohio native is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, having stood on the top of the podium at both London 2012 and Rio 2016, and has continued the form she had as a judoka into her blossoming MMA career. In just 12 fights and three years as a professional, Harrison has racked up a perfect record that includes five knockouts and five submissions.

After experiencing championship glory for the first time in 2019, the 31-year-old repeated the feat in this year’s PFL season. After decimating Mariana Morais, Cindy Dandois, and Genah Fabian with first-round finishes, Harrison secured a second title and $1 million check with a second-frame armbar against Taylor Guardado last month.

Harrison Is Ready To Prove Her Value

Harrison’s latest outing represented the final fight on her PFL contract. Despite her manager Ali Abdelaziz revealing his confidence in another deal with the promotion being secured, Harrison previously admitted the surging organization would have to offer something special to keep her.

The deeper into free agency she gets, the more unlikely another season in the PFL seems. With that in mind, talk of possible moves to Bellator and the UFC have reached the forefront in recent weeks.

Given she currently competes at lightweight, a move to the UFC would see Harrison join a lackluster 145-pound roster, which many believe could be ended in the near future. Having seen Amanda Nunes clear out the weight class, Dana White recently revealed his uncertainty over the future of the women’s featherweight division.

Despite that, Harrison isn’t worried. In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, the American Top Team product claimed she’ll prove to White that she’s worth the investment, and plans on making the UFC kingpin “eat his words.”

“I get it (talk of the UFC dissolving the featherweight division), but also, Dana has said a lot of things before. Look, it’s my job. If I wanna fight in the UFC someday, If I wanna fight at featherweight for the UFC someday, then it’s my job to prove to him that I’m worth the investment and I’m worth the risk. All I can do is go out there and continue to be dominant and continue to be so good that you can’t ignore me. I know that I’ll do that. I know that, he says a lot of stuff, and I know that I’m going to make him eat his words, and he’ll smile when he does it and it’ll be great. I’m not worried about it. That time is coming.”

With reports suggesting the UFC is unlikely to make a strong push for Kayla Harrison at the moment, it seems the Ohio native will have to continue building her profile elsewhere before attempting to reignite the UFC’s featherweight division, although former title challenger Felicia Spencer recently told MMA News that the roster doesn’t need Harrison.

Given her ongoing back-and-forth with Bellator champ Cris Cyborg, perhaps we’ll be seeing Harrison join the Scott Coker-led promotion for 2022.

Would you like to see Kayla Harrison join the UFC featherweight roster soon?

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Kayla Harrison: It’s My Job To Prove To Dana White I’m Worth Signing

Kayla HarrisonKayla Harrison believes she’ll need to force UFC president Dana White’s hand. Harrison is currently a free agent after she became a back-to-back PFL women’s lightweight champion late last month. However, despite her dominance and popularity, White has seemed hesitant about potentially signing her. In particular, he doesn’t believe Harrison is ready for UFC level […]

Kayla Harrison

Kayla Harrison believes she’ll need to force UFC president Dana White’s hand.

Harrison is currently a free agent after she became a back-to-back PFL women’s lightweight champion late last month. However, despite her dominance and popularity, White has seemed hesitant about potentially signing her.

In particular, he doesn’t believe Harrison is ready for UFC level competition and that she would be better off in the PFL.

However, White has said plenty of things before — mainly that women would never compete in the UFC — which is why Harrison is hoping to prove to White that she is worth the risk and investment.

“Dana has said a lot of things before,” Harrison told MMA Fighting. “It’s my job. If I want to fight in the UFC someday, if I want to fight at featherweight for the UFC some day, then it’s my job to prove to him that I’m worth the investment and I’m worth the risk.

“All I can do is to continue to go out there and be so dominant and continue be so good that you can’t ignore me. I know that I’ll do that. He says a lot of stuff and I know that I’m going to make him eat his words and he’ll smile when he does it and it will be great. I’m not worried about it. That time is coming.”

Kayla Harrison: I’m Not Worried About Joining The UFC

White is no stranger to playing down talent outside the UFC, especially in the bigger promotions. That is also why Harrison isn’t taking his comments too personally either.

Especially given what White has done for the sport.

“He’s great at his job,” Harrison said about White. “He freaking started the sport basically. So it’s like who am I to tell him how to do what he does best? I’m not going to sit here and say ‘oh he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, he’s this and he’s that, and he has no idea and I’m different.’ I’m just going to show him.

“Then he’ll see and then he’ll do what he does and it will be great. I’m not worried about it. I’m really not.”

Do you think we’ll see Kayla Harrison in the UFC soon?

Darren Till Likes Colby Covington’s Gimmick Because ‘It Upsets So Many People’

Darren TillTop UFC Middleweight contender Darren Till made an appearance on fellow Brit’s Michael Bisping’s Believe You Me podcast where they talked about a variety of topics. The full episode of the podcast can be viewed here. One topic that caught attention was when Bisping brought up Welterweight Colby Covington. Till was quick to praise the fighter and […]

Darren Till

Top UFC Middleweight contender Darren Till made an appearance on fellow Brit’s Michael Bisping’s Believe You Me podcast where they talked about a variety of topics. The full episode of the podcast can be viewed here.

One topic that caught attention was when Bisping brought up Welterweight Colby Covington. Till was quick to praise the fighter and his unique persona that gets tons of attention.

“I mean, I love Colby, I love his act, I love his fighting style. Striker-wise, I don’t think he’s the best striker, but I think he’s a phenomenal fighter. I’m a fan… I see past all the act and everything and you know what, mate? I f*cking think it’s absolutely hilarious. You know why? Because it’s upsets so many people and I just think, ‘Wow.’”

While Till may think Covington can be a bit much, he appreciates the effort put in by the former interim welterweight champ in getting people so riled up before his fights.

It’s not the only time we’ve seen Till make remarks about Covington and his ability in the octagon. He acknowledged the top welterweight contender when Lebron James made a remark about getting in the octagon with him.

Darren Till Believes That Khamzat Chimaev Is The ‘Real Deal’

One of the more intriguing topics brought up was the rise of Khamzat Chimaev in the welterweight division and the rumors of a potential clash with Gilbert Burns on the horizon in early 2022. Till had tons of praise for both competitors and made it clear Chimaev is the real deal.

“Look, there’s a lot of newcomers coming through and they’re making a lot of noise and I think all of them are great. But, Khamzat is the real deal. He’s the real deal, he’s very good. Is he as good as he thinks he is or people say he is? I don’t know. Is he going to be a world beater? I don’t know… I think he’s a legitimate contender. But Gilbert Burns mate, he’s a monster. That’s a good fight, that’s a very good fight.” (Transcribed by Sportskeeda)

While Till is in the middleweight the division for the foreseeable future a move back down to Welterweight isn’t completely out of the cards and a potential matchup with either of those fighters would be a massive billing. Expect to see him stick in the middleweight class for now as he guns for a future bout with the champion Israel Adesanya.

What do you make of Darren Till’s comments on Colby Covington?

Muhammad Mokaev Predicted UFC Signing Three Years Ago

The UFC signing former Brave CF standout Muhammad Mokaev might’ve been a surprise to many, but Mokaev has been preparing for this for years.

The UFC and Mokaev announced the roster addition yesterday, just weeks after Mokaev earned a dominant win o…

Muhammad Mokaev

The UFC signing former Brave CF standout Muhammad Mokaev might’ve been a surprise to many, but Mokaev has been preparing for this for years.

The UFC and Mokaev announced the roster addition yesterday, just weeks after Mokaev earned a dominant win over Blaine O’Driscoll at Brave CF 54. It didn’t take long for UFC President Dana White to take notice of Mokaev’s potential in the cage.

Mokaev joins the UFC as the youngest active fighter on the current roster at 21 years old. He has quite the backstory, having left his native Dagestan with his father in 2012 to pursue his MMA goals in the UK.

Mokaev recently shared a screenshot of a message he sent to White on Twitter three years ago, hoping to garner the attention of the UFC’s head man.

Muhammad Mokaev Adds To The Stacked Bantamweight Division

Mokaev adds another fascinating element to the UFC’s bantamweight division. He joins rising prospects such as Sean O’Malley and Song Yadong as the UFC’s future potential title picture at 135 pounds.

Mokaev has the chance to become the latest Dagestani to rise to stardom in the UFC, joining former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and current lightweight contender Islam Makhachev. He also joins the UFC from Brave CF, which is the promotion that welterweight star Khamzat Chimaev made a name for himself before joining MMA’s biggest platform.

What is your reaction to Muhammad Mokaev signing with the UFC?

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Cris Cyborg Rips UFC Over Fighter Pay Amidst Earnings Report

Cris CyborgFormer UFC featherweight champ and current Bellator champ Cris Cyborg is happy to be with Bellator after seeing the UFC’s recent earnings report. Cyborg is just days removed from her dominant win over Sinead Kavanagh at Bellator 271, in the latest defense of her featherweight title. Before signing with Bellator, she had an up-and-down tenure […]

Cris Cyborg

Former UFC featherweight champ and current Bellator champ Cris Cyborg is happy to be with Bellator after seeing the UFC’s recent earnings report.

Cyborg is just days removed from her dominant win over Sinead Kavanagh at Bellator 271, in the latest defense of her featherweight title. Before signing with Bellator, she had an up-and-down tenure with the UFC which included a strained relationship with UFC president Dana White.

MMA Fighting was the first to report the most profitable year for the UFC in the promotion’s history earlier on Tuesday, and Cyborg spoke up on the news and took the time to rip her former promotion for appearing to be cheap.

“U Fight Cheap,” Cyborg tweeted. “More and more big names going to leave and be replaced with contender series contracts.”

Cris Cyborg and the UFC have had a complicated relationship

Cyborg’s UFC tenure was filled with contract disputes and PED suspensions during her time with the promotion. She also earned the UFC’s inaugural women’s featherweight title over Tonya Evinger at UFC 214.

White infamously insulted Cyborg just weeks after the 2014 MMA Awards, calling her “Wanderlei Silva in a dress and heels”. This was before White and the UFC ultimately decided to bring the then-Invicta FC champion to their roster.

After eventually losing her UFC title to Amanda Nunes at UFC 232, she would defeat Felicia Spencer at UFC 240 before signing as a free agent with Bellator. On her way out, White said the UFC “is no longer in the Cris Cyborg business.”

Cyborg has gone to earn the Bellator featherweight title beginning with her knock out of Julia Budd at Bellator 238. She has defended her title against Kavanagh, Leslie Smith, and Arlene Blencowe since that time. Cyborg is arguably one of the most dominant athletes in MMA history regardless of gender.

What are your thoughts on Cris Cyborg and the UFC’s continued toxic relationship?

UFC Partners With NYPD To Help Its Cops & Kids Program

Before UFC 268 took place in New York, Dana White and the UFC partnered with the NYPD in an effort to renovate gyms and help local youth.

One walk-through in an NYPD Cops & Kids gym in Brooklyn is all it took. Dana White had an appreciation fo…

Dana White & The NYPD

Before UFC 268 took place in New York, Dana White and the UFC partnered with the NYPD in an effort to renovate gyms and help local youth.

One walk-through in an NYPD Cops & Kids gym in Brooklyn is all it took. Dana White had an appreciation for the renovations provided by the NYPD to help improve the program. In two New York boroughs fraught with criminal activity, the Cops & Kids gyms were a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

The UFC boss admitted that he was once a part of a police program. With the intention of removing kids from the street, the local gyms are in place to offer impressionable youth a home away from home.

“I’m very pro-police, pro-military, and who isn’t pro-kids and getting kids off the street,” Dana White said. “Plus, I came out of a PAL program, too, and it changed my life. What you get out of something like this is immeasurable. Lessons learned here, how hard you push yourself in a place like this, the types of people you meet, the different paths that people take, you name it.”

The Cops & Kids program was created in 1985 by retired NYPD officer Pat Russo. While Russo admits the gyms weren’t very popular in their inception, they were an outlet for troubled youth nonetheless. The NYPD’s collective goal is to have the gyms reach all five boroughs of New York.

Chief Jeffrey Maddrey, of the NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau, is a proponent of the NYPD-sponsored gyms. The program is designed to assist in athletics but also put in place to help with mentorships and academia.

“We have young people who come from all over the city, who take two or three trains, two or three buses, to come to this program because it’s a safe place for them to be,” Maddrey said. “There’s cops and adults from the community – community leaders, elected officials, clergy – that care about them, and it’s free for them to come here, do schoolwork, get homework help, have a mentor, to do physical fitness training. So it’s important that we have places for our young people to go that doesn’t cost them anything. It’s important for their parents, too. It helps the parents when they need a safe place to send them so the parents can work and do the things that are needed around the home.” 

In what has become an integral part of the community, Russo’s creation of the Cops & Kids gym serves the neighborhood and inspires hope for young adults from all walks of life.

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