Cindy Dandois returns to the PFL smart cage this Friday for the biggest fight of her career to date, against Kalya Harrison. She isn’t backing down.
Dandois (16-6-) had her four-fight win streak snapped in May when she lost a unanimous decision to Kaitlin Young. The fight also marked the Belgium fighter’s PFL debut.
In her second PFL fight, she faces the 2019 PFL Women’s Lightweight champion, Harrison. Everything since starting her MMA career in 2009 has led to this fight. A win over Harrison would be astronomical, and Dandois knows this.
“It would mean a lot to me because I’m trying to set an example for my children; we have been through a very, very rough time lately. I’m still pushing myself and trying to get the best out of me and to show them that they can overcome anything, you know. They can hunt their dreams no whatever what,” Dandois said during PFL 6 media day on Tuesday. “So if I am able to take the win, it would mean a lot to me because it will show that hard work really shows off.”
Both Harrison and Dandois come from a judo background, with Harrison being the more accomplished athlete in that field. “Battlecat,” thinks the match-up will be more interesting because of it.
“We both have a judo background, indeed, so that makes it very interesting. I do think Kayla has better judo than I do. I know that. But on the other hand, uh, I’m not scared to fly. I’m not scared to be taken down. I’ve been grappling many, many years, so I have slick tricks on the ground, and I think I should that in my career. Most of my wins have come by submission, so it’s going to be very interesting,” Dandois said.
Watch the full PFL 6 media day scrum with Cindy Dandois above. The event takes place this Thursday, June 24, in Atlantic City, NJ, airing live on ESPN+ and ESPN 2 (TSN in Canada).