Raquel Pennington is denying Kayla Harrison a shot at the bantamweight title off her back, even if Holly Holm, her common-foe who was a former champion in the PFL, loses her first fight.
Harrison, a two-time PFL lightweight tournament winner and two-time Olympic gold medalist in Judo, is set to make her move debut in the Octagon in April – taking on former undisputed bantamweight champion, Holm in a high-stakes clash at the bantamweight limit.
Harrison, a native of Ohio, has been sidelined since November last year. In her final PFL match, she won by a unanimous decision over Aspen Ladd, formerly ranked as a UFC bantamweight competitor.
Moving to 16-1 as a professiona, Harrison’s sole professional defeat came in the form of a decision loss to three-time foe, Larissa Pacheco in the pair’s trilogy lightweight tournament finale fight.
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