Kayla Harrison

Kayla Jean Harrison (born July 2, 1990)[1] is an American professional mixed martial artist and former Olympic and world champion judoka, currently signed to the Professional Fighters League (PFL).

Kayla Harrison
Kayla Harrison - Rio 2016 (cropped).jpg
Harrison at the 2016 Olympics
BornKayla Jean Harrison[1]
(1990-07-02) July 2, 1990 (age 32)
Middletown, Ohio, U.S.
ResidenceDanvers, Massachusetts, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)[2]
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
Reach66 in (168 cm)[3]
StyleJudo
Fighting out ofCoconut Creek, Florida
TeamAmerican Top Team (2018–present)[4][5]
TrainerJimmy Pedro
Rank   6th dan black belt in Judo
Years active2018–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total15
Wins15
By knockout6
By submission6
By decision3
Losses0
Notable club(s)NYAC[2]
USA Judo National Team FORCE
Websitekaylaharrison.com
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Harrison competed in the 78 kg (172 lb) weight category in judo. She won the 2010 World Judo Championships, gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, and gold at the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games.[2]

After the 2016 Olympics, she moved into mixed martial arts and currently fights in the lightweight division.

Early lifeEdit

Born in Middletown, Ohio,[6] Harrison took up judo at the age of six, having been introduced to the sport by her mother, who was a black belt. She graduated from Middletown High School (Ohio).[7]

She began training under coach Daniel Doyle, and won two national championships by the age of 15. During that period Doyle was sexually abusing Harrison, who reported it to another judoka, who in turn told Harrison's mother. She subsequently reported this to the police.[8] Doyle was convicted and sentenced to a ten-year prison term.[8] A month after the abuse was revealed, she moved away from her home in Ohio to Boston to train with Jimmy Pedro and his father.[8]

CareerEdit

JudoEdit

She changed weight classes in 2008, from the −63 kg division to the 78 kg division. She could not compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics as the United States had not qualified in that division. She won the Junior World Championship that year, and the following year placed second, becoming the first American to compete in two Junior World Championships finals.[6]

She won the gold medal in the −78 kg category at the World Judo Championships in 2010,[9] the first American to do so since 1999 (when her coach, Jimmy Pedro, did so in Birmingham, United Kingdom).[10] At the 2011 World Judo Championship in Paris, she placed third taking the bronze medal. Harrison had lost to the eventual winner, Audrey Tcheuméo of France, in her semi-final.[11]

Prior to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, she was injured during training, having torn a medial collateral ligament.[8] On August 2, 2012, she won the Olympic title in the −78 kg category, defeating Gemma Gibbons of Britain by two yukos, to become the first American to win an Olympic gold medal in judo.[12][13] She earned a second Olympic gold medal in the same weight class in 2016 in Rio, defeating Audrey Tcheuméo of France.

In 2015, Harrison was elected to the United States Judo Federation Hall Of Fame[14] and on August 31, 2016, following her second Olympic gold medal, the United States Judo Association made a batsugun promotion of Harrison to rokudan (6th Degree Black Belt) making her the youngest person in the US to ever be awarded this rank.

Mixed martial artsEdit

Harrison, a former training partner of fellow judoka Ronda Rousey, announced in October 2016 that she had signed with World Series of Fighting. While she would initially work as a commentator she also indicated she was contracted to fight, probably in the women's 145 pounds (66 kg) division.[15][16]

Harrison made her MMA debut at PFL 2 on June 21, 2018, against Brittney Elkin in the Women's Lightweight division.[17] She won via submission due to an armbar in the first round.[18]

For her second professional fight, Harrison faced Jozette Cotton at PFL 6 on August 16, 2018. She won the fight via TKO in the third round.[19]

Harrison was on the main card for PFL 11 in 2018 and defeated Moriel Charneski; after her victory, it appeared that she was not completely content with her own performance.

Her coach is Phil Daru.[20]

PFL season 2019Edit

Harrison was expected to headline the first event of PFL's second season against Svetlana Khautova on May 9, 2019.[21] Khautova withdrew from the bout and was replaced by Larissa Pacheco.[22] Harrison won the fight by unanimous decision.

Harrison faced Morgan Frier in the co-main event of PFL 4 on July 11, 2019.[23] She won the fight by key lock submission in the first round. Subsequently, Harrison signed a new long-term contract extension with the PFL.[24]

After becoming second in the preliminary round standing, Harrison secured a position at the playoffs. She was originally scheduled to face number 3 ranked Genah Fabian at PFL 7 on October 11, 2019, but Fabian was forced to pull out of the bout. Genah Fabian was replaced by number 5 Bobbi Jo Dalziel. Harrison would win the fight by an armbar in the first round.[25]

Harrison faced Larissa Pacheco in rematch for the Women's Lightweight final at PFL 10 on December 31, 2019. After dominating every round with her superior grappling, Harrison won the fight by unanimous decision to win the 2019 Women's Lightweight Championship.[26]

PFL season 2020Edit

Harrison was expected to compete in the season 2020 of PFL, but the complete season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[27][28]

PFL season 2021Edit

Kayla faced Mariana Morais on May 6, 2021, at PFL 3 for the start of the 2021 season.[29] She won the bout via TKO in the first round.[30]

Kayla faced Cindy Dandois on June 25, 2021, at PFL 6.[31] She won the bout in the first round via an arm bar submission.[32]

Kayla faced Genah Fabian in the Semifinals of the Women's Lightweight tournament on August 19, 2021, at PFL 8.[33] She won the bout in the first round via TKO by way of ground and pound.[34]

Kayla faced Taylor Guardado in the Finals of the Women's Lightweight tournament on October 27, 2021, at PFL 10.[35] She won the bout via armbar in the second round.[36]

PFL season 2022Edit

Harrison faced Marina Mokhnatkina on May 6, 2022, at PFL 3.[37] She won the bout via unanimous decision.[38]

Harrison was scheduled to face Julia Budd on July 1, 2022, at PFL 6.[39] However, a week before the event, Budd pulled out due to injury and was replaced by Kaitlin Young.[40] Harrison won the bout, with the referee stoppage at the 2:35 mark of the first round.[41]

Harrison faced Martina Jindrová in the Semifinals off the Women's Lightweight tournament on August 20, 2022, at PFL 9.[42] She won the bout in the first round via arm-triangle choke.[43]

Harrison is scheduled to face Larissa Pacheco in the Finals of the Women's Lightweight tournament on November 25, 2022 at PFL 10.[44]

Other promotionsEdit

With the 2020 PFL season cancelled, Harrison was handed a contract exemption to sign with the Invicta FC and made her debut in the Featherweight division against Courtney King at Invicta FC 43 on November 20, 2020.[45] She won the fight via TKO in the second round.[46]

Harrison was then expected to compete for Titan FC.[47] She was scheduled to face Jozette Cotton in a rematch on December 17, 2020, at Titan FC 66.[48] The day before the fight, Cotton was hospitalized due to a bad weight cut and the bout was cancelled.[49]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2020, Harrison acquired full custody of her niece Kyla and nephew Emery, after her stepfather – who had custody of the children at the time – died suddenly.[50][51]

TelevisionEdit

Kayla Harrison has been a guest in episode 24 of season 6, and in episode 4 of season 7, of the television show Impractical Jokers.

She also appeared on an episode of Flea Market Flip with her grandmother.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
15 matches 15 wins 0 losses
By knockout 6 0
By submission 6 0
By decision 3 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–0 Martina Jindrová Submission (arm-triangle choke) PFL 9 August 20, 2022 1 3:17 London, England 2022 PFL Women's Lightweight Semifinals.
Win 14–0 Kaitlin Young TKO (punches) PFL 6 July 1, 2022 1 2:35 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 13–0 Marina Mokhnatkina Decision (unanimous) PFL 3 May 6, 2022 3 5:00 Arlington, Texas, United States
Win 12–0 Taylor Guardado Submission (armbar) PFL 10 October 27, 2021 2 4:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States Won the 2021 PFL Women's Lightweight Tournament.
Win 11–0 Genah Fabian TKO (punches) PFL 8 August 19, 2021 1 4:01 Hollywood, Florida, United States 2021 PFL Women's Lightweight Semifinal bout.
Win 10–0 Cindy Dandois Submission (armbar) PFL 6 June 25, 2021 1 4:44 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 9–0 Mariana Morais TKO (punches) PFL 3 May 6, 2021 1 1:23 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Return to Lightweight.
Win 8–0 Courtney King TKO (punches) Invicta FC 43 November 20, 2020 2 4:48 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Featherweight debut.
Win 7–0 Larissa Pacheco Decision (unanimous) PFL 10 December 31, 2019 5 5:00 New York City, New York, United States Won the 2019 PFL Women's Lightweight Tournament.
Win 6–0 Bobbi Jo Dalziel Submission (armbar) PFL 7 October 11, 2019 1 3:32 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 2019 PFL Women's Lightweight Semifinal bout.
Win 5–0 Morgan Frier Submission (key lock) PFL 4 July 11, 2019 1 3:35 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 4–0 Larissa Pacheco Decision (unanimous) PFL 1 May 9, 2019 3 5:00 Uniondale, New York, United States
Win 3–0 Moriel Charneski TKO (punches) PFL 11 December 31, 2018 1 3:39 New York City, New York, United States
Win 2–0 Jozette Cotton TKO (punches) PFL 6 August 16, 2018 3 1:24 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 1–0 Brittney Elkin Submission (armbar) PFL 2 June 21, 2018 1 3:18 Chicago, Illinois, United States Lightweight debut.

Judo recordEdit

Result Rec. Opponent Score Event Division Date Location
Win 45-7   Audrey Tcheuméo 100-000 2016 Olympic Games -78 kg August 11, 2016   Rio de Janeiro
Win 44-7   Anamari Velenšek 100-000
Win 43-7   Abigél Joó 100-000
Win 42-7   Zhang Zhehui 100-000
Win 41-7   Mayra Aguiar 100-000 2016 Pan American Championship -78 kg April 24, 2016   Havana
Win 40-7   Catherine Roberge 100-000
Win 39-7   Andrymar Alfonzo 100-000
Loss 38-7   Yoon Hyun-ji 000-010 2015 World Championship -78 kg August 28, 2015   Astana
Win 38-6   Mirla Nolberto 100-000
Win 37-6   Mayra Aguiar 100-000S1 2015 Pan American Games -78 kg July 14, 2015   Toronto
Win 36-6   Catherine Roberge 100-000S3
Win 35-6   Mirla Nolberto 100-000
Loss 34-6   Mayra Aguiar 000-000 2015 Pan American Championship -78 kg April 24, 2015   Edmonton
Win 34-5   Catherine Roberge 100-000
Win 33-5   Myriam Gonzalez 101-000
Win 32-5   Yahima Ramirez 000-000 2014 World Championship -78 kg August 29, 2014   Chelyabinsk
Loss 31-5   Mayra Aguiar 001-011
Win 31-4   Anamari Velenšek 100-000
Win 30-4   Wang Szu-chu 101-000
Win 29-4   Catherine Roberge 000-000
Win 28-4   Vanessa Chala 2013 Pan American Championship -70 kg April 19, 2013   San José
Win 27-4   Alix Renaud Roy
Win 26-4   Jenifer Ortiz
Loss 25-4   Yuri Alvear
Win 25-3   Elvismar Rodríguez
Win 24-3   Gemma Gibbons 0020-0000 2012 Olympic Games -78 kg August 2, 2012   London
Win 23-3   Mayra Aguiar 1010-0000
Win 22-3   Abigél Joó 1010-0100
Win 21-3   Vera Moskalyuk 1000-0000
Win 20-3   Catherine Roberge 011-001 2011 Pan American Games -78 kg October 27, 2011   Guadalajara
Win 19-3   Yalennis Castillo 002-001
Win 18-3   Mayra Aguiar 001-000
Win 17-3   Marhinde Verkerk 001-000 2011 World Championship -78 kg August 26, 2011   Paris
Loss 16-3   Audrey Tcheuméo 000-001
Win 16-2   Hitomi Ikeda 010-000
Win 15-2   Pürevjargalyn Lkhamdegd 101-000
Win 14-2   Catherine Roberge 001-000
Win 13-2   Mayra Aguiar 000-000 2011 Pan American Championship -78 kg April 1, 2011   Guadalajara
Win 12-2   Yalennis Castillo 000-000
Win 11-2   Nadjeda Gena 102-000
Win 10-2   Anny Cortés 102-000
Win 9-2   Mayra Aguiar 001-000 2010 World Championship -78 kg September 9, 2010   Tokyo
Win 8-2   Maryna Pryshchepa 102-000
Win 7-2   Céline Lebrun 000-001
Win 6-2   Ana Velensek 100-000
Win 5-2   Luise Malzahn 003-000
Win 4-2   Mirla Nolberto Labriel 100-000 2010 Pan American Championship -78 kg April 9, 2010   San Salvador
Win 3-2   Keivi Pinto 110-000
Loss 2-2   Mayra Aguiar 000-100
Win 2-1   Lorena Briceño 100-000
Loss 1-1   Amy Cotton 000-001 2009 World Championship -78 kg August 26, 2009   Rotterdam
Win 1-0   Samantha Lowe 000-000

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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