Kayla Harrison Drops to Featherweight at Invicta FC 43

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PFL 2019 winner Kayla Harrison will join this month’s Invicta FC 43 card, which is huge news for both the promotion, and the former Olympian.

Harrison (7-0) has competed at lightweight thus far in her career. But she will be dropping to featherweight for the first time for the November 20 event in Kansas City. Both Invicta FC and the PFL confirmed her involvement in the card via press release on Monday. Harris will face Courtney King (4-1) in the evening’s co-main event.

Winning gold in Judo (78kg) at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic games, Harrison has been the Professional Fighters League’s biggest star since her arrival there. After stringing together three wins in one-off fights to start her career in 2018, the promotion built a lightweight division around her last year. Harrison did not disappoint, winning all four of her fights between the regular season and playoffs to capture a million dollar prize.

Questions about a drop to featherweight for dream match-ups against the likes of Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes have always circled Harrison, however. Circumstance has now afforded her the opportunity. With the PFL cancelling its 2020 season outright, Harrison has been unable to stay busy.

King, meanwhile, will head into Invicta FC 43 a clear underdog — but despite that, she is on a three-fight win streak.

Invicta FC 43 takes place on November 20, and will feature a main event strawweight title fight between Emily Ducote and Montserrat Ruiz for the promotion’s vacant 115lb belt. The full card will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.