Kayla Harrison Draws Former Bellator Champion Julia Budd at PFL 6

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Kayla Harrison weighs successful up of her combat astatine PFL 3 successful Season Four. Photo: PFL
The sixth lawsuit of the 2022 PFL play volition spot defending two-time champion Kayla Harrison instrumentality connected erstwhile longtime Bellator champion Julia Budd connected July 1.

The PFL’s biggest prima is scheduled to look her toughest duty to day connected July 1.  The promotion has announced that defending champion Kayla Harrison volition beryllium taking connected erstwhile longtime Bellator featherweight champion Julia Budd successful the headliner of their sixth lawsuit of the 2022 season.

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After moving roughshod implicit the contention successful caller years, two-time Olympic champion Harrison (13-0) has been vocal astir seeking much stern contention successful bid to rise her illustration successful the greater MMA landscape.  She gets her privation successful Budd (16-4) who defended the Bellator rubric 3 times betwixt 2017 and 2019 and is easy the astir decorated hostile Harrison has faced.  Upon Budd’s signing past year, a bout betwixt the 2 became 1 of the astir anticipated fights that the promotion could enactment on.  While galore expected the combat to instrumentality spot successful either the playoffs oregon the finals, the booking comes aft Budd dropped her archetypal bout of the play to Genah Fabian successful May.

Co-headlining the lawsuit volition beryllium erstwhile Bellator champion and UFC seasoned Rory MacDonald who faces Swedish merchandise Sadibou Sy.  MacDonald returns pursuing an awesome instrumentality to signifier successful his play opener against Brett Cooper past period successful which helium won by archetypal circular submission.  Sy enters the bout with MacDonald aft signaling a archetypal circular split-decision against Nikolay Aleksakhin.

Defending champion Ray Cooper III is scheduled to look the aforementioned Brett Cooper connected the main paper pursuing a disheartening showing successful May.  One of the PFL’s astir breathtaking and touted fighters, Cooper III missed value by 5.4 pounds and went connected to person an uncharacteristically mediocre showing against Carlos Leal.  Though helium has made nary authoritative statement, it has been speculated that helium entered the bout with an wounded that led to some his show and terrible value miss.  Notably, Cooper III posted a photograph respective days ago with a formed connected his close manus arsenic the combat is simply a period away.

Other notable enactment connected the paper includes erstwhile champion Magomed Magomedkerimov against Joao Zeferino and erstwhile finalist Larissa Pacheco against Genah Fabian.

The lawsuit is scheduled to instrumentality spot astatine the Overtime Elite Arena successful Atlanta, Georgia and is the last lawsuit earlier the playoffs statesman successful August.