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Led by Kayla Harrison, PFL unveils roster for new women’s division

Harrison went 3-0 in her first taste of MMA action.

During a successful first season, the Professional Fighters League brought in Kayla Harrison. Her overall ability, even as a newcomer to MMA, brought the organization a massive amount of attention. While they were focusing on an all-male tournament format, it was clear that Kayla would be utilized in a greater capacity down the line. It looks like we didn’t have to wait long.

It was previously announced that Harrison (3-0), along with a few other fighters, will be competing next season in a 155-pound division. The PFL is the only North American promotion to offer that weight class. Not only will the deal with ESPN bring eyes on Harrison, but women in general will show what they can do in a tournament format with a lot on the line.

While there are women all around MMA, whether in Invicta, Bellator and the UFC, among others, the PFL is providing those who are looking for a chance a shot at $1 million. Fighters involved in this new division include Genah Fabian, Bobbi Jo Dalziel, Svetlana Khautova, Roberta Samad, Larissa Pacheco and Morgan Frier. No fighter that Harrison faced last year has so far been included.

One of the top gets for the PFL is Sarah Kaufman, who could end up being a true threat to Harrison. A former Invicta and Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Kaufman (20-4) is moving up to 155 from 135. The 33-year-old is on a three-fight winning streak and was 1-2 in the UFC with one no-contest. She has faced a number of powerful MMA fighters in her career, including Ronda Rousey, Leslie Smith, Jessica Eye, Miesha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko and Alexis Davis. If she can top Harrison at any point, it could be a game-changer for the promotion that is putting a lot into the judo champion.

As more names are expected to be announced, be sure to look out for the matchups. If this division was to work out, it is expected that more will be introduced as the PFL grows in popularity.

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