2x Olympic Judo Champion Kayla Harrison just made an announcement that is going to make a lot of people very happy. She just inked a fresh new deal with rising MMA promotion World Series of Fighting to take part as a commentator starting in the new year, as well as transition her Judo skills to the cage.
Here’s what she had to say:
“I’ve been boxing and doing jiu-jitsu and all that, and the biggest thing for me, really, is that I miss competing,” Harrison said. “I miss fighting on the highest stages of the world, and the World Series of Fighting really gave me a great opportunity.”
On her teammate Ronda Rousey:
“A lot of times people like to compare me to Ronda,” Harrison said. “I’m my own person. I make my own decisions. I’ll do it in my own time.”
“I just want everyone to be excited and expect big things from me,” Harrison said. “This is only the beginning.
“I’m excited for this new chapter. I’m excited to commentate. I’m excited to be a brand ambassador and help the World Series of Fighting grow their organization, as well as help me grow myself as a fighter, as a brand myself, and my foundation. So it’s all coming together, and I’m really excited to be working with such a positive and professional team.”
This is great news for those of us who love to watch Judo, as Ms. Harrison would be the highest level competitor to transition thus far into the ranks of Women’s MMA. With the success of Judo Olympian Ronda Rousey, it’s safe to say that there are high expectations on Kayla Harrison.