Kayla Harrison has opened as the massive betting favourite forward of her promotional debut in opposition to Holly Holm at UFC 300.
Dana White introduced Harrison’s signing over the weekend and confirmed she would make her first octagon look in opposition to Holm within the extremely anticipated pay-per-view on April 13.
The 33-year-old can even make her bantamweight debut, having beforehand fought within the PFL ladies’s light-weight division and had one cease at 150 kilos.
Kayla Harrison was broadly considered the most effective feminine MMA fighters exterior of the UFC, along with her signing being billed as an actual coup by the promotion.
Harrison gained consecutive gold medals on the 2012 and 2016 Olympics in judo earlier than selecting to maneuver into MMA. She later made her debut within the PFL in 2018 and went on to win 16 of her 17 fights within the promotion, together with 12 finishes.
She’s going to now face maybe the most important take a look at of her profession in her debut in opposition to ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’. Holm is each a former UFC ladies’s bantamweight champion and a former three-division a number of boxing titleholder.
Regardless of going up in opposition to a veteran and former champion, Harrison’s dominance within the PFL is mirrored within the betting up to now. Courtesy of DraftKings, betting has opened with Harrison a -310 favourite, in comparison with Holm’s underdog standing of +250.
Megan Anderson weighs in on Kayla Harrison vs. Holly Holm
Megan Anderson, a former opponent of Holly Holm, has given her ideas on her match in opposition to Kayla Harrison.
The pair will combat at bantamweight, which would be the first time Harrison may have fought at that weight. There’s additionally a way of uneasiness amongst followers in regards to the weight class, as Harrison has beforehand spoken about her wrestle to get all the way down to 145 kilos.
Talking in regards to the fighter on her YouTube channel, Anderson questioned if the burden minimize will have an effect on Harrison’s abilities within the octagon. She stated:
Will her power be there too with these weight cuts? She likes to make use of her power, she likes to make use of her bodily prowess in her fights, however will that also be there and drop to a weight class she by no means reached? [to] fallen earlier than?”
“If she loses a major quantity of weight, it will increase the chance that she will not be capable of rehydrate correctly, which in flip will increase the chance of knockouts… Holly Holm is the bodily strongest opponent of any opponent I’ve ever confronted in my total profession confronted with. She’s a goddamn specimen of royalty.’
Watch Anderson’s feedback about Kayla Harrison (1:20) right here: