Cris ‘Cyborg’ Wants to Fight Kayla Harrison Before Facing Larissa Pacheco

PFL
January 21, 2024
Bellator women's featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is willing to fight the reigning Professional Fighters League women’s featherweight and lightweight champion Larissa Pacheco — but only after a showdown with Kayla Harrison.

Following PFL’s acquisition of Bellator MMA, founder Don Davis implied that the promotion would look to match Cyborg with Pacheco in a champ vs. champ meeting. However, the PFL vs Bellator Champs card slated for Feb. 24 has all champions competing except Pacheco and Cyborg.

According to the former UFC champion, a meeting with Harrison is a top priority, especially considering the verbal back-and-forth the two have engaged in over the last few years.

“I don’t have any problem fighting Larissa Pacheco, she’s the champion, but we’ve been promoting this fight against Kayla Harrison for three years,” Cyborg told MMAjunkie.com. “You can use the opportunity after this fight to promote for Larissa... I think everyone is waiting for me and Kayla Harrison. But I don’t have any problem fighting Larissa, but I believe you have to start promoting this fight. First is Kayla Harrison.”

Harrison is currently a free agent after having fought out her contract with the PFL, and it is currently unknown if she will resign with the organization. The Olympian most recently recorded a unanimous decision victory against former UFC competitor Aspen Ladd in November.

Meanwhile, “Cyborg” is currently on a seven-fight winning streak since her loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 232 in 2018. The Brazilian most recently recorded an emphatic Round 1 technical knockout victory against Cat Zingano at Bellator 300 in October.

Reference: https://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Cris-Cyborg-Wants-to-Fight-Kayla-Harrison-Before-Facing-Larissa-Pacheco-192359

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