Kayla Harrison has the utmost confidence in her abilities when it comes to fighting. In many ways, Harrison is fruit from the tree of Ronda Rousey. Both fighters are former Olympic judokas who transitioned to the sport of MMA, having to carve their own path. At one point, Kayla was vocal about being better than Ronda. However, at this stage in her career, Harrison revealed the advice that Rousey gave her going from judo to MMA.
Kayla Harrison completely dominates her competition. In fact, she won the PFL’s million-dollar tournament. Harrison was one of 6 fighters to take home a million-dollar prize at Professional Fight League 10 in New York City. Not only did Harrison earn $1 million in prize money, but she also became the promotions Lightweight champion.
Kayla Harrison on Advice From Ronda Rousey
It’s safe to say that Harrison’s transition to MMA has been successful. But, she didn’t get there all alone. Some advice from Ronda Rousey was the catalyst that helped Kayla mentally dial into a new sport. She spoke about it in a recent interview.
“That’s the one thing that Ronda (Rousey) always told me about MMA,” said Harrison. “She was like ‘You need to have thicker skin on you’re gonna get eaten alive.'” Because I am a little bit of a sensitive person.”
In the opinion of many fans, Rousey may have given advice that she doesn’t live by. However, the benefit of Harrison’s career is undeniable.
Queen of the Lightweights
Currently, Kayla is undefeated with 8 wins and 0 losses on her professional record. Factor in 6 out of 8 finishes with a $1 million prize earning, and it’s safe to say Harrison is on her way to establishing a legacy.
The reality that Harrison’s last fight was in the featherweight division could open the door for UFC possibilities. And as long and she continues to listen to Ronda’s advice, success will seemingly follow.