Kayla Harrison is an American mixed martial artist and a newly signed fighter at the UFC. She is renowned for her accomplishments in judo. She started learning Judo at the age of six, under the guidance of her black-belt mother.
Under the tutelage of coach Daniel Doyle, Harrison achieved higher accolades in Judo until she was subjected to sexual abuse by Doyle. Harrison reported the abuse to another judoka, which ultimately led to Doyle's ten-year prison sentence.
After the incident, Harrison marked her name by winning numerous titles, including the 2010 World Judo Championships and gold medals at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Her accolades extended further with gold triumphs at the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games.
Following her judo career, Harrison transitioned into MMA, where she became the former Professional Fighters League lightweight champion. Harrison showcased her versatility and tenacity in the cage, earning recognition for her exceptional skill set and unwavering determination. In March 2023, she was inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame.
Harrison has mostly fought in higher weight classes, mostly lightweight. However, her debut in UFC 300 will be under bantamweight, which will be a significant cut.
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