PFL CEO Pursuing Free Agent Cyborg For Harrison Superfight

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PFL CEO Peter Murray has revealed that attempts are being made to unafraid a superfight betwixt two-time PFL lightweight champion Kayla Harrison and Bellator MMA featherweight titleholder Cris Cyborg.

Towards the commencement of this year, it appeared arsenic if the blossoming societal media feud betwixt Harrison and Cyborg was connected way to scope the cage, with then-free cause Harrison appearing adjacent to signing with Bellator.

But aft the rising PFL promotion exercised its close to lucifer clause, Harrison remained successful the SmartCage, and the 2 stars went astir their concern separately, concisely stalling a rivalry that has seen the erstwhile UFC champ downplay Harrison’s record and the erstwhile judoka uncertainty Cyborg’s chances against PFL competition successful return.

While Harrison returned to her aged stomping crushed for different dose of regular play action, wherever she went 2-0 en way to securing a playoff spot, Cyborg continued her dominance nether the Bellator banner, defeating Arlene Blencowe for the 2nd clip astatine the Bellator 279 lawsuit successful April.

But interestingly, Cyborg’s sole quality of 2022 marked the last combat of her woody with the promotion. So, while Harrison entered the twelvemonth arsenic the sport’s biggest escaped agent, alternatively fittingly, her cross-promotional rival has taken that mantle midway through.

And according to CEO Peter Murray, the PFL is hoping to signifier immoderate benignant of woody having already made interaction with the legendary Brazilian fighter.

Murray: There’s Been “Outreach” For Cyborg/Harrison Fight

During a caller quality connected The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Murray spoke astir the much-discussed imaginable clash betwixt Harrison and Cyborg, some of whom person expressed involvement successful sharing the cage.

Though it antecedently appeared similar Bellator could beryllium the frontrunner to big the showdown, Murray noted that his promotion is keen to go a driving unit down it. And having go alert of Cyborg’s seemingly uncertain status, the CEO says there’s been “outreach” astir organizing a matchup betwixt the Brazilian and the PFL’s biggest star.

“Listen, I deliberation that’s the combat that fans would similar to see,” Murray said. “That’s a combat that the PFL would similar to get behind. Kayla said she wants that fight. I deliberation it’s going to travel down to Cris Cyborg — does Cris Cyborg privation that fight? And whether Cris decides to travel implicit to the PFL to marque that combat and possibly different fights happen, that’s 1 scenario. And different script is simply a co-promotion. And we’re proponents of both.

“Our knowing is she is simply a escaped agent. We’d similar to marque that combat happen,” Murray continued. “There’s surely been outreach. We’re looking guardant to getting into it successful earnest… There’s nary dancing [around it]. It’s not a surprise, oregon it’s not caller quality that this is simply a combat to PFL would similar to marque hap oregon Kayla. And truthful I deliberation successful the coming weeks we’re looking guardant to seeing what’s possible.” (h/t MMA Fighting)

The imaginable of the PFL and Bellator MMA moving unneurotic successful a cross-promotion capableness — should Cyborg re-sign, that is — is surely not arsenic distant a anticipation arsenic it mightiness person been a fig of years ago.

Bellator main Coker has appeared much than consenting to bash concern with different organizations, most precocious giving the greenish airy for Michael “Venom” Page to bare-knuckle container Mike Perry nether the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship banner.

For now, though, Harrison has her sights acceptable connected the upcoming PFL playoffs, which volition spot her look Martina Jindrová successful the semifinals astatine the August 20 event, acceptable for London, England, connected the aforesaid nighttime arsenic MVP vs. Perry.

Having noted that this twelvemonth volition people her last clip arsenic portion of the PFL’s seasonal structure, with aboriginal pay-per-view events being the target, the signifier could beryllium acceptable for Harrison vs. Cyborg successful 2023.

Would you similar to spot Cris Cyborg caput to the PFL SmartCage to look Kayla Harrison?