- Kayla Harrison has encouraged Julianna Pena to learn more about how contracts and negotiations work
- Harrison has offered her support and mentorship to Pena
As one of the fiercest women in combat sports, Kayla Harrison is believed to go down as one of the greatest to ever do it. Since she’s not a part of the UFC, comparisons to the promotion’s women’s champion were inevitable after Pena fired shots at her.
Pena takes a dig at Kayla Harrison
Julianna Pena had claimed that Kayla Harrison being the captain of American Top Team (ATT) created a dispute between Amanda Nunes and ATT. Nunes ended up losing her 135-lbs title to Pena and left the gym to train privately shortly after her loss.
Harrison defended her statement by reiterating that she’s a self-proclaimed captain of the team and denied any contributions to driving a wedge that resulted in Nunes’ departure from the gym.
Pena had alleged that Harrison made a career off beating “tomato cans” as she attacked her decision to sign an extended deal with PFL. While both ladies had talked about each other to the media, a potential matchup looks unlikely as they are in two different organizations.
‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ believes Harrison is only trash-talking because she will never face her. Harrison recently signed a new contract with the PFL that has her locked down for seven years making a move to the UFC even more unlikely.
Harrison believes Pena isn’t getting paid her worth
In a recent interview with Morning Kombat, Kayla Harrison shared her thoughts on Pena’s not-so-slight dig at her.
Kayla believes that Pena needs to be more business-savvy in her negotiations with the UFC.
“This is the stuff I hate. I encourage Julianna to really understand the business, and how contracts work especially for her sake because I don’t think she gets paid what probably what she should get paid.”
Harrison has offered her support and asked Pena to reach out if necessary.
“I encourage her to reach out, she can ask me for help if she needs it on how to get your worth and not sign seven year contracts and not sign your life away to a promotion,” Harrison added. “I have nothing but respect for her.”