New York City-- Safe to state Kayla Harrison has high expectations for her upcoming battle.
The two-time judo Olympic gold medalist go back to action Tuesday night to headline the 2019 PFL Champion ending at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Her challenger is a familiar foe and one that left a sour taste for Harrison last time they satisfied.
Back in Might, Harrison (6-0 MMA, 6-0 PFL) out-pointed experienced veteran Larissa Pacheco in a dominant decision win to improve her Mixed Martial Arts record to 4-0. However despite the triumph, Harrison was troubled that she didn't finish Pacheco and cried on the broadcast. She looked extremely upset, which left many fans viewing at home puzzled.
Now, heading into the rematch, which has a championship belt on the line combined with a $1 million grand reward, the mentality is still the very same for Harrison. And despite the additional rewards, Harrison will not be satisfied unless she stops the Brazilian.
"I most likely won't be pleased again," Harrison stated. "It's not the million dollars. It has to do with being the very best possible version of myself. I wish to win by knockout, TKO or submission. I have actually prepared psychologically and physically for five grueling rounds, but I want to break her. I wish to go out there and show everybody I'm not to be trifled with. And if she does last 5 entire rounds, I'll tip my hat to her and state, 'Damn, that's a tough b * tch.'"
A young talent in the fight game who is still really much establishing, Harrison sees herself having a lot more dominant performance this time around against Pacheco. It's been just a few months because the 2 last fought, but Harrison thinks there will be a noticeable difference.
"I'm not a professional by any means, however the ground that I've covered in the last 6 months, it feels actually excellent," Harrison explained. "It seems like I'm lastly getting comfortable and finally feeling like a fighter instead of a judo gamer in the cage. I think the Kayla that I am today would destroy that Kayla (from the first Pacheco battle), so I believe everybody can look forward to that."
Harrison, unbeaten in her young MMA profession, is considered blue-chip possibility who could go far provided her world-class background in judo. With high expectations and with a recent win over Pacheco, lots of would presume the pressure is high for Harrison, however that doesn't appear to be the case.
"There is no pressure," Harrison stated. "You can't compare it to the pressure that I place on myself. Clearly, adjustments have actually been made by both people, and it will most likely be a bit various looking battle this time around, however there is no pressure. It's time to go have fun and do what I do."