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Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison To Make MMA Debut In 2018

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Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison is officially ready to make the transition from judo to mixed martial arts.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Harrison is targeting an early 2018 MMA debut for the Professional Fighters League — formerly known as World Series of Fighting.

Harrison’s debut is targeted for February win the 145-pound weight class.

Harrison initially had signed with the promotion to serve as a brand ambassador and commentator, but she was non-commital about any plans to compete inside of the cage.

Now, after taking time to round out her skills on the feet and on the mat, she’s hoping to follow a similar rise in MMA to former training partner Ronda Rousey, who went on to become the most dominant women’s bantamweight champion in UFC history.

In the 2012 Olympics, Harrison became the first American to ever win a judo gold in the Olympics, before following that up with a second gold in 2016.

With her credentials, there will be plenty of excitement when she finally steps into the cage next year.

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    Josh studied journalism at Seton Hill University. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Campus Sports. Josh is currently a member of the FWAA and USBWA. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, FOXSports.com, CBSSports.com and many others.
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