Two-time Olympic judo gold medal winner Kayla Harrison plans to enter the octagon, in the World Series of Fighting organization.
Kayla Harrison (26) has won two Olympic gold medal, London (2012) and in Rio this year. In the history of judo, she is the only American who has won an Olympic gold medal. She won the World Championships (2010) and bagged gold at the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games.
Despite all these winnings, Harrison is the country’s second-most famous judoka. Interestingly, her former roommate cum training partner Ronda Rousey is no. 1. Ronda won a bronze medal in 2008 and shot to fame in mixed martial arts.
In an interview, Harrison said if someone had peeked through their apartment window in 2007 and said, ‘One of you is going to end up winning two Olympic gold medals, and one is going to become a sports icon,’ we both would have replied: ‘What are you talking about? We’re eating ramen noodles and barely getting by’.
Four years ago, she wanted to be an M.M.A. athlete, which was not something a female could make a lot of money doing. Rousey trailblazed a way for girls like her who want to make some money. Harrison is hoping to stand on top of Ronda’s shoulders and continue to judo girls kill it in the cage.
Harrison was asked about a possible career in mixed martial arts after Rio Olympic gold, in August. She said that she don’t know if she is cut out for the world where one get fights by how pretty they are and how they talk.
Harrison stands by the earlier remark, but said: “The World Series of Fighting is looking to bring some legitimacy to the sport, and have real athletes who are treated like real athletes, not W.W.E. superstars”. Harrison hopes to see MMA go more towards the professional route than the entertainment route.