Two-time PFL (Professional Fighters League) lightweight tournament victor, Kayla Harrison has officially penned a new, multi-year contract with the organization, as confirmed this Tuesday afternoon.
Harrison, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in Judo, has seen much speculation regarding her future in mixed martial arts, after her deal with the PFL expired upon the completion of her contractual obligations following the 2021 season.
In a post on their official Twitter account, PFL confirmed that Harrison had signed a new multi-year deal with the organization, ahead of the 2022 season which begins in April.
“Surprise Surprise… The Queen is Back (crown emoji) @KaylaH (Kayla Harrison).”
Harrison, 31, won gold at both the 2012 summer Olympic games in London, and the 2016 summer games in Rio de Janeiro, before transitioning to professional mixed martial arts in June 2018 at PFL 2.
The Middletown native currently boasts an impressive 12-0 professional record, netting her second consecutive lightweight tournament win with the organization back in October of last year courtesy of a second round armbar victory against finalist, Taylor Guardado.
Prior to her signing with the PFL, Harrison was linked with a potential move to both the UFC, potentially in a featherweight title fight against former American Top Team stablemate, Amanda Nunes, as well as a move to the Scott Coker-led Bellator MMA banner in another featherweight tangle against reigning champion, Cris Cyborg.
As reported by Ariel Helwani earlier, the PFL, who retained matching rights with Harrison, matched a prior offer from the aforenoted, Bellator MMA.
Over the course of her 12 fight professional career, Harrison briefly competed just once under the Shannon Knapp-led Invicta FC banner back in November 2020, stopping Cortney King with one-sided ground strikes. Forced the distance just twice, Harrison holds five knockout wins and a further five submission successes.
Last year alone, Harrison scored a quartet of victories over the above mentioned, Guardado, as well as Genah Fabian, Cindy Dandois, and Mariana Morais.