PFL open talks for MMA legend Cris Cyborg to face Olympic champ Kayla Harrison

THE Professional Fighters League are ready to make a move for Cris Cyborg to fight Kayla Harrison.

Cyborg is an MMA legend with title belts in both the UFC and Bellator, with Harrison a double Olympic and PFL champion.


Bellator champion Cris Cyborg. pictured in 2020. is wanted by the PFLCredit: Getty
Two-time Olympic and PFL champion Kayla Harrison


Two-time Olympic and PFL champion Kayla HarrisonCredit: Professional Fighters League

The pair have verbally sparred before in the hopes of securing a women’s mega-fight.

And with Cyborg, 37, now a free agent, CEO of the PFL Pete Murray is preparing to strike a deal with the Brazilian.

Murray said on The MMA Hour: “Listen, I think that’s the fight that fans would like to see.

“That’s a fight that the PFL would like to get behind. Kayla said she wants that fight.

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“I think it’s going to come down to Cris Cyborg — does Cris Cyborg want that fight?

“And whether Cris decides to come over to the PFL to make that fight and perhaps other fights happen, that’s one scenario.

“And another scenario is a co-promotion. And we’re proponents of both.”

The PFL consists of a two-bout regular season, where points are earned per method of victory.


Then, the top four in each weight division progresses through to a semis and final format, with eventual victors winning a $1million prize.

Harrison, 31, has twice won the life-changing cheque and title belt, in 2019 and 2021 and returns in this year’s semi-final on August 20.

But PFL are set for marquee stand-alone fights next year and Cyborg appears a top priority for Harrison.

Murray added: “Our understanding is she is a free agent. We’d like to make that fight happen.

“There’s certainly been outreach. We’re looking forward to getting into it in earnest…

“It’s not a surprise, or it’s not new news that this is a fight to PFL would like to make happen or Kayla.

“And so I think in the coming weeks we’re looking forward to seeing what’s possible.”

Kayla Harrison with boxing legend Mike Tyson and PFL's Peter Murray


Kayla Harrison with boxing legend Mike Tyson and PFL’s Peter MurrayCredit: Getty Images

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