Ailin Perez calls for UFC headliner with Kayla Harrison or Norma Dumont: ‘If she wants to fight, I’m down’

Ailin Perez calls for UFC headliner with either Kayla Harrison or Norma Dumont: 'If she wants to fight, I’m down'After securing her third-straight win inside the Octagon, rising fan favorite Ailin Perez is ready for her first main…

Ailin Perez calls for UFC headliner with either Kayla Harrison or Norma Dumont: 'If she wants to fight, I’m down'

After securing her third-straight win inside the Octagon, rising fan favorite Ailin Perez is ready for her first main event.

Perez moved her overall record to 10-2 at UFC 302, securing a unanimous decision victory over Joselyne Edwards.

Ailin Perez

With her popularity rising, ‘Fiona’ thinks it’s about time she gets a headlining spot on one of the promotion’s future cards—and she has a pretty big name in mind for her opponent.

“What I want is to fight in a five-round main event, with a preference to be against Kayla Harrison,” Perez told MMA Junkie in Spanish. “We want that fight because she’s the best fighter in the division and the person with the biggest name after me.

“Sorry girls, whether you like it or not, Ailin Perez is making waves on all platforms.”

Considering Perez is yet to break into the bantamweight top 15 while Harrison is sitting securely at No. 4, it’s safe to say that the Buenos Aires native has a lot of work to do before standing across the Octagon from the two-time Olympic Gold medalist.

However, ‘Fiona’ does have another name in mind—that being No. 10 ranked contender Norma Dumont. She even has the perfect way to market the fight to the UFC’s testosterone-fueled audience.

“Yeah, because if they give me Norma, I’ll fight her five rounds, no problem,” Perez said regarding a five-round bout being her priority. “That’s the war of the asses, and she’s been running for a while, so if she wants to fight, I’m down. She’s not booked, and neither am I, so let’s go.

… But yeah, ideally, I would like for it to be against Kayla Harrison or Norma Dumont, so I can kick her ass five rounds.”

Ailin Perez

Ailin Perez insists she is ready for the next step up in competition

After coming up short in her UFC debut against Stephanie Egger at featherweight, Ailin Perez has secured three wins in a row at 135, besting Ashlee Evans-Smith, Lucie Pudilova, and the aforementioned Joselyne Edwards.

Perhaps it’s time for Perez to take that next step up the ladder.

“I feel I can fight in a main event now,” Perez said. “I have the conditioning, and I’ve found the balance in this weight cut. I know how to cut the weight without suffering too much. When someone is confident they’re going to be world champion, they’re going to grab whatever opportunity, kill it, and come out on top.”

Ailin Perez

Kayla Harrison encouraged to start fighting men after UFC women refuse to step up: ‘She can beat all these guys’

Kayla Harrison encouraged to start fighting men after UFC women refuse to step up: 'She can beat all these guys'If Kayla Harrison can’t find any women willing to fight her, maybe she should just meet men inside the…

Kayla Harrison encouraged to start fighting men after UFC women refuse to step up: 'She can beat all these guys'

If Kayla Harrison can’t find any women willing to fight her, maybe she should just meet men inside the Octagon.

That was the sentiment expressed by Harrison’s manager and Dominance MMA founder Ali Abdelaziz during a recent appearance on Submission Radio.

“I think let’s make her fight some men,” Abdelaziz said. “And I believe she can win, beat all these guys I just mentioned. The UFC offered hundreds of thousands of dollars for a female fighter to accept a fight, and nobody wanted it. But they’re not going to have no choice. The UFC is going to have to strip them from the title or something. But listen, Hunter Campbell is working on this. They will get her a fight. But nobody wants to fight her” (h/t MMA Mania).

Harrison made her promotional debut at UFC 300 in April, earning a second-round submission victory over former bantamweight world champion Holly Holm. The victory thrust the two-time Olympic gold medalist into the No. 4 spot in the 135-pound rankings, putting her in position to challenge for the division’s top prize after just one fight.

Kayla Harrison

Unfortunately, it seems like neither current champ Racquel Pennington nor top-ranked contender Julianna Pena are interested in scrapping with her.

Abdelaziz calls for kayla harrison to fight Aljamain Sterling and/or Merab Dvalishvili

Adding to his comments, Abdelaziz suggested that if Harrison has to take to fighting men just to get booked, she should immediately aim for the top, squaring off with the likes of former ex-titleholder Aljamain Sterling or Merab Dvalishvili.

Kayla Harrison

“Merab (Dvalishvili) or Aljamain Sterling,” Abdelaziz added. “Yeah. I think it’s a very competitive fight. It’s not fair. It’s not, honestly, because if none of these girls want to fight her, let’s fight somebody at 135. Let’s fight some, you know, Rob Font. But I think her wrestling is too good for Rob Font.

“It’s not even a fair fight. Or maybe this Brazilian guy. What’s his name? Former champion. I think she’ll smash all these guys, honestly. Because none of these females, they’re gonna want to fight her. Especially after what she did to Holly.”

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

Video – Kayla Harrison takes down UFC star Alex Pereira with huge Judo throw: ‘That’s really impressive strength’

Kayla Harrison takes down UFC star Alex Pereira with huge Judo throwOff the back of her impressive promotional bow earlier this year at UFC 300, streaking bantamweight contender, Kayla Harrison…

Kayla Harrison takes down UFC star Alex Pereira with huge Judo throw

Off the back of her impressive promotional bow earlier this year at UFC 300, streaking bantamweight contender, Kayla Harrison has shown off her impressive Judo skills alongside fellow card feature, incumbent light heavyweight champion, Alex Pereira – tossing the Brazilian to the mat.

Harrison, a former two-time PFL lightweight tournament winner and Olympic gold medal winner twice, made her long-anticipated Octagon landing back in April on the preliminary card of UFC 300, landing a second round rear-naked choke submission win over ex-champion, Holly Holm.

Harrison UFC 300

On that same card in a massive main event headliner, former middleweight titleholder and current 205lbs champion, Pereira successfully defended his title for the first time a division higher, felling Jamahal Hill with a thunderous opening round KO. 

Kayla Harrison accused of turning down UFC 303 return amid calls for title fight stop running
Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato

And plotting her way to a title fight with newly-crowned gold holder, Raquel Pennington off the back of her triumphant bow inside the UFC, Harrison, who has yet to receive booking for her sophomore Octagon outing – however, wasted no time showing off her Judo skills.

Kayla Harrison slams Alex Pereira with huge Judo throw

Sharing the mats with Sao Paulo knockout artist, Pereira today ahead of this weekend’s massive UFC 302 return to New Jersey, Harrison stunned fans across social media – effortlessly taking down the former GLORY Kickboxing kingpin with a massive throw.

Staking her claim for a shot at Pennington’s crown following her victory over Holm, Kayla Harrison was accused of turning down the chance to compete for an interim bantamweight title by perennial contender, Ketlen Vieira

As for Pereira, the former two-weight champion has been linked to a host of title fights in his immediate return, including a defense against the surging, Magomed Ankalaev – as well as an eventual heavyweight leap to take on sport icon, Jon Jones

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Furthermore, Pereira claimed during the promotion’s trip to his native Brazil last month how he would likely be standing opposite former champion, Jiri Prochazka in a title fight rematch – off the back of their respective knockout victories at the above-mentioned, UFC 300 event.

What’s your thoughts on Kayla Harrison’s ability to take down Alex Pereira?

Kayla Harrison accused of turning down UFC 303 return despite calls for title fight: ‘Stop running’

Kayla Harrison accused of turning down UFC 303 return amid calls for title fight stop runningOff the back of her impressive submission win over former bantamweight champion, Holly Holm at UFC 300 earlier this…

Kayla Harrison accused of turning down UFC 303 return amid calls for title fight stop running

Off the back of her impressive submission win over former bantamweight champion, Holly Holm at UFC 300 earlier this month, promotional newcomer, Kayla Harrison has been accused of turning down a title-eliminator fight with Ketlen Vieira at UFC 303 – after calling her shot at gold.

Harrison, a former two-time PFL (Professional Fighters League) lightweight tournament victor, made he anticipated Octagon debut earlier this month on the preliminary card of UFC 300, taking home a one-sided second round rear-naked choke submission win over the above-mentioned, Holm.

Kayla Harrison UFC 300

And immediately staking a claim for a shot at bantamweight spoils – currently held by veteran, Raquel Pennington, Harrison also found prior links to a fight with former two-division titleholder, Amanda Nunes sprout again – who appeared surprised at the Ohio native’s failure to call her out following her successful UFC landing. 

Kayla Harrison hit with call out from Ketlen Vieira for UFC 303

Vying for her own respective shot at Octagon gold, number two ranked contender, Vieira, who has been sidelined since a decision win over Pannie Kianzad back in July of last year, claimed Harrison was “running” from a title-eliminator clash at UFC 303 during International Fight Week this summer

Harrison UFC 300
Mandatory Credit: Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

“It seems that Kayla (Harrison) is just not taking the fight,” Ketlen Vieira told MMA Mania. “If the UFC offered the fight, the UFC wants the fight. It’s just Kayla not taking it. In the UFC, there’s only great athletes and if she thinks she’s going to be say no to this fight and take an easier fight, there’s no easy fights.”

“We’re all very good athletes,” Vieira warned Kayla Harrison. “She has to stop running, and take the fight and sign the contract.” 

Kayla Harrison reveals mental hurdle caused doubts about making bantamweight at UFC 300
Mandatory Credit: Mike Roach – Zuffa LLC

Entering the Octagon off the back of a victory, Harrison, a two-time Olympic gold medal winner to boot, turned in a decision win over UFC alum, Aspen Ladd in her final walk under the Peter Murray-led PFL. 

Who wins in a potential title-eliminator clash: Ketlen Vieira or Kayla Harrison?