Where Will Kayla Harrison Go Now That She’s a Free Agent?

Kayla Harrison, PFL 2021 World Championship
HOLLYWOOD, FL - OCTOBER 27: Kayla Harrison v Taylor Guardado in a lightweight championship bout during the PFL championships at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on October 27, 2021 in Hollywood, Florida. (Cooper Neill / PFL)

After winning her second straight PFL tournament, Kayla Harrison is now poised to be one of the biggest free agents in MMA history.  Where could the two-time Olympic gold medalist end up?

In terms of development, Kayla Harrison’s MMA career has been as perfect as any fighter could wish for.  Without a single MMA bout to her name, the two-time Olympic gold medalist in Judo was signed to the Professional Fighter’s League and immediately promoted as one of the faces of the company over far more experienced fighters on the roster.  In her second year in the promotion, she ran roughshod over the competition and went on to win the $1 million grand prize and earned a purse exceeding far more than her contemporaries with a similar number of fights.  Wednesday night, she repeated the feat and brought her record to 12-0.

Outside of her skills, Harrison has capitalized on the opportunities afforded to her.  Along with a contingent of pros from American Top Team, she has featured with Dan Lambert in his foray into professional wrestling on national television on AEW.  Secondly, she’s taken to the microphone after fights with more fervor than before and delivered arguably the best post-match interviews of any female fighter since Ronda Rousey.

This now leads to one of the most anticipated free agencies in recent years in mixed martial arts.  All major players are expected to be in play and any number of circumstances could lead to Harrison signing (or re-signing) with a promotion.  Here is a breakdown of each potential landing spot and the factors that could go into the decision.