PFL CEO Peter Murray reacts after Kayla Harrison signs with the UFC

By Susan Cox - January 25, 2024

PFL CEO Peter Murray is reacting to Kayla Harrison signing with the UFC.

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UFC CEO Dana White announced this past Tuesday that Kayla Harrison (16-1 MMA) had signed with the promotion and would be making her UFC debut at the historic UFC 300 on April 13th of this year. Harrison will be fighting Holly Holm (15-6 MMA) in a bantamweight bout in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The two-time PFL champion and double Olympic gold medalist left the PFL after 6 years with the promotion.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Peter Murray spoke about the loss of Harrison:

“We’re disappointed that fight between Cyborg and Kayla did not happen. Kayla chose not to make it happen and move on to her next chapter.”

The hope was that a super-fight would occur between PFL champion Kayla Harrison and Bellator champion Cris Cyborg (27-2 MMA), but that now will not come to be.

Continuing, Murray lamented the fact that a Harrison vs. Cyborg fight would now not happen:

“We had the fight that matters – the fight that matters most. Candidly, the biggest fight in women’s sports, in MMA. Ultimately, Kayla Harrison made a decision to move on. We wanted to make that fight, but once again, we’re going to continue to build what we’re building. We have a great PFLW roster, and with respect to contract details, it’s all good. We’re supportive of Kayla.”

Concluding, the PFL CEO wished Kayla well saying (h/t MMAJunkie):

“Listen, we wish Kayla well. She’s a two-time champion with us, women’s 155, and she’s moving on to UFC. She’s going to be on a historic card, which I believe is a testament to the level and quality of talent in the PFL, so we wish her well.”

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