Olympic Judo Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison Wins MMA Debut At PFL 2

Former two-time Olympic judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison emerged victorious last night in her MMA debut against Brittney Elkin at PFL 2.

This moment has been been a long time coming for the 27-year-old Harrison, who was fighting at 155lbs, and she performed well, showing off some decent striking before the fight hit the floor and she followed in her former Judo training partner Ronda Rousey’s footsteps by securing a first round armbar submission finish.

“That’s probably the most alive I’ve felt since 2016,” Harrison told MMAjunkie afterwards. “That’s the most Kayla I’ve felt in a long, long time. So it was absolutely worth it.

“I can’t wait to get back in there and do it again. And I can’t wait to train.”

Check out all the results from last night’s PFL 2 event below.

PFL 2 Results:

Will Brooks def. Luiz Firmino by unanimous decision
Brian Foster def. Ramsey Nijem by knockout (knee and punches) at 0:23, Round 3
Kayla Harrison def. Brittney Elkin by submission (armbar) at 3:18, Round 1
Efrain Escudero def. Jason High by submission (guillotine) at 0:35, Round 3
Sean O’Connell def. Ronny Markes by TKO (punches) at 0:41, Round 2
Brandon Halsey def. Smealinho Rama by TKO (cut) at 0:01, Round 3
Islam Mamedov def. Yuki Kawana by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Vinny Magalhaes def. Jamie Abdallah by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:37, Round 1
Rakim Cleveland def. Rashid Yusupov by TKO (leg injury) at 0:01, Round 3
Maxim Grishin def. Jason Butcher by TKO (knee injury) at 1:40. Round 1
Robert Watley def. Thiago Tavares by TKO (accidental low blow by Watley) at 0:35, Round 2
Natan Schulte def. Chris Wade by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)
Dan Spohn def. Bazigit Ataev by TKO (punches) at 4:29, Round 3

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