There’s no doubt that Kayla Harrison is the hottest free agent in MMA currently. Her big options seem to be in either the UFC, Scott Coker and Bellator, or a return to PFL. Each option has its advantages.
Scott Coker recently spoke about Kayla Harrison’s future and believes she really only has two options. Those include signing with Bellator or going to the UFC.
“We had a really good conversation with her – she’s a sweet girl,” Coker told MMA Junkie. “She is one hell of a fighter and I think really for her to take her career to the next level she’s got to come fight Cyborg or go to the UFC and fight Amanda Nunes or (Julianna) Peña. I think that’s gotta be the next step.
“We’re all still talking. Nothing’s signed. I think she’s still trying to vet the offers and see where she wants to go, but I’m not sure what she’s going to do. For me, it just seems natural that if you want to test yourself, you’re going to have to make a move.”
Bellator is an attractive option as they have a solid featherweight division and a big-name champion in Cris Cyborg. The fight could still be early in her career but it makes a lot of sense in the near future.
“Cris Cyborg has been doing this for how long?” Coker said. “If you look at her body of work over the past 15 years, nobody has done more in this sport in the cage, fighting, than this girl. So let’s give her the proper credit that she’s due.”
It will be interesting to see what is next for Kayla Harrison in her MMA career. Bellator remains a major player as she figures out her future.