Kayla Harrison is gearing up for an electrifying showdown as she returns to the MMA scene, and it’s set to be a clash of champions. The PFL has just dropped the bombshell news that Harrison (with a remarkable 15-1 record) is all set to step into the cage with Julia Budd (who boasts an impressive 17-6 record) at the highly anticipated PFL World Championship Event, scheduled for November 24. And the venue? None other than The Anthem in Washington D.C. This matchup promises to be a spectacle for the ages, and here’s the lowdown on what to expect.
Harrison, known for her incredible journey from judo stardom to MMA greatness, was on a staggering 15-fight winning streak before her shocking loss to Larissa Pacheco in the 2022 lightweight tournament finals last November. Remember, this is the same Kayla Harrison who clinched Olympic gold not once, but twice, at the 2012 London Games and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. In the MMA world, she was a force to be reckoned with, securing two PFL tournament crowns at 155 pounds, all before her surprise defeat to Pacheco.
Now, the stage is set for her to make a remarkable comeback. The upcoming showdown against Julia Budd is being promoted as a 145-pound showcase fight. But here’s the twist: it’s not just any fight. Harrison was announced as one of the headliners for the league’s super fight series, a format that exists beyond the usual regular season and tournament structure. Expect fireworks as these two warriors step into the cage.
On the other side of the Octagon, Julia Budd, a former Bellator featherweight champion, hasn’t had the smoothest run in the PFL so far. With a record of 2-3 in the SmartCage since her debut in 2021, she’s certainly faced her fair share of challenges. A much-anticipated bout between Budd and Harrison, originally slated for last July, was dashed when Budd had to withdraw due to injury. Now, she’s back and hungrier than ever to make her mark in the league.
But that’s not all folks! The PFL World Championship Event isn’t just about the Harrison vs. Budd showdown. It’s an MMA extravaganza featuring six championship finals. And the cherry on top? The winners will be walking away with a jaw-dropping $1,000,000 prize along with the coveted tournament title. Talk about high stakes!
Here’s a sneak peek at the current lineup (with the bout order still to be determined):
- Kayla Harrison vs. Julia Budd
- Clay Collard vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier — Lightweight Championship
- Sadibou Sy vs. Magomed Magomedkerimov — Welterweight Championship
- Renan Ferreira vs. Denis Goltsov — Heavyweight Championship
- Larissa Pacheco vs. Marina Mokhnatkina — Women’s Featherweight Championship
- Jesus Pinedo vs. Gabriel Braga — Men’s Featherweight Championship
- Josh Silveira vs. Impa Kasanganay — Light Heavyweight Championship
Mark your calendars, folks, because November 24 is going to be a date to remember in the world of MMA. Harrison vs. Budd and six championship bouts—all under one roof. It doesn’t get much bigger than this!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about MMA Showdown
Question: Who is Kayla Harrison, and what is her MMA record?
Answer: Kayla Harrison is a renowned MMA fighter with a record of 15 wins and 1 loss. She’s a two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo and has previously won two PFL tournament titles.
Question: Who is Julia Budd, and what is her MMA record?
Answer: Julia Budd is an experienced MMA fighter with a record of 17 wins and 6 losses. She’s a former Bellator featherweight champion and has competed in the PFL since 2021.
Question: When and where will the Kayla Harrison vs. Julia Budd fight take place?
Answer: The Kayla Harrison vs. Julia Budd fight is scheduled for November 24 and will be held at The Anthem in Washington D.C. as part of the PFL World Championship Event.
Question: What weight class is the Kayla Harrison vs. Julia Budd fight in?
Answer: The Kayla Harrison vs. Julia Budd fight is being promoted as a 145-pound showcase fight.
Question: Why is this fight significant for Kayla Harrison’s career?
Answer: This fight is significant for Kayla Harrison as it marks her return to the cage after her first professional MMA loss. It’s an opportunity for her to bounce back and make a statement in the 145-pound division.
Question: What is the PFL World Championship Event?
Question: How can I watch the PFL World Championship Event and the Harrison vs. Budd fight?
Answer: The broadcast details and streaming options for the PFL World Championship Event, including the Harrison vs. Budd fight, will be announced closer to the event date. Keep an eye on official PFL channels for updates.