PFL Finals 2022 will be the last appearance for Kayla Harrison in season tournament format
Kayla Harrison is not expecting to continue the grind of the PFL season tournament format.
Harrison confirmed with MMA Fighting on Thursday that after she finishes the current PFL season she will turn her full attention toward individual fights. That will allow her to continue chasing a longterm goal of being considered the best fighter in women’s MMA.
Add to that, the PFL is expected to introduce a featherweight division in 2023, and Harrison acknowledges there’s no way she could cut to 145 pounds that many times in the tournament format.
“Yeah, this will be my last season,” Harrison said. “I’m 32. When I tell you that it is a mental and physical grind to get to this title, it certainly is. I can’t even imagine trying to make 145 pounds four times in six months. I think that is, for me, impossible. I’m hypoglycemic. It would be a health risk, and I wouldn’t be performing at my best if I did that to my body. I know it’s time for me to be patient and get the big fights.”
Harrison currently competes at 155 pounds, but she has previously cut down to compete at featherweight, and she’s not opposed to doing it again.
Harrison said her fight with Pacheco could also be her final appearance in the lightweight division.
There’s long been talks about a potential crossover fight pitting Harrison against Bellator champion Cris Cyborg and the PFL recently added UFC veteran Aspen Ladd to the roster as well.
Assuming she wins on Nov. 25, Harrison wants to then put her full attention on those types of fights rather than continuing to move forward with another PFL season.