Kayla Harrison debuts with a show against Holly Holm and submits former champion in 'walk' at UFC 300

Ex-PFL dispels distrust and shines with impeccable performance against bantamweight icon

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Kayla harrison in victory in UFC 300. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter @UFCNews

Hired by Ultimate in early 2023, Kayla harrison He shook off the mistrust and shone in his first time in the Octagon. In a fight awaited in UFC 300, held this Saturday (13), in Las Vegas (USA), the two-time Olympic champion and PFL legend was not aware of Holly holm and 'walked' with an impeccable performance against the former bantamweight champion (up to 61,2kg.). With an irreparable performance, the North American won by submission in the second round.

The victory places Harrison in the elite of the category led by Rachel Pennington. After her first challenge, the athlete reaches the top 5.

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In an interview still in the Octagon, Kayla had a special request. Directly, the athlete demanded a title fight in the category.

Known worldwide for dethroning the then unbeatable Ronda Rousey In 2015, Holm remains in an unstable moment at the company. At 40 years old, the former champion has won one in the last four challenges played.

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Debut with foot in the door

The fight began with Harrison launching the first attack, with a clean jab to the former champion's face. Still in the first minute, Harrison took a beautiful takedown on his rival, but ended up falling into a disadvantageous position. Kayla managed to get to her feet and was pressing Holly against the bars. Halfway through the round, the pressure was on Harrison, who managed to take her opponent to the ground again. Holly just protected herself, while the former PFL player imposed punishment. With blows from top to bottom, Kayla continued massacring. Without any reaction, the former champion was the target of the newcomer's powerful blows. The advantage belonged to Kayla, who did not allow the veteran to react. Holly ended up saved by the bell.

The second had Harrison leading the actions against the former champion. The newcomer launched a high kick and rocked the veteran, falling afterwards. Holly defended the attack, but remained easy prey for her opponent. After pressure, Kayla took down her opponent again. On top, Harrison got to his opponent's back and locked in a rear naked choke. Unable to resist, Holly gave up.

UFC 300 results

MAIN CARD

Light heavyweight (up to 93 kg): Alex Poatán derrotou Jamahal hill by knockout at 3m14s of R1 – fight for the belt

Straw weight (up to 52,1 kg): Weili Zhang derrotou yan xiaonan in the unanimous decision of the judges (49-45, 49-45, 49-45) – fight for the belt

Light weight (up to 70,3 kg): Max Holloway derrotou Justin gaethje by knockout at 4m59s of R5- fight for the BMF belt

Light weight (up to 70,3 kg): Arman Tsarukyan derrotou Charles of the Bronx in the judges' split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Average weight (up to 83,9kg): BoNickal finished Cody Brundage with a rear naked choke at 3m38s of R2

PRELIMINARY CARD

Light heavyweight (up to 93 kg): Jiri Prochazka derrotou Aleksandr Rakic by technical knockout at 3m17s of R2

Featherweight (up to 65,7 kg): aljamain sterling derrotou Calvin kattar in the unanimous decision of the judges (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Bantam weight (up to 61,2 kg): Kayla harrison finished Holly holm with a rear naked choke at 1m47s of R2

Featherweight (up to 65,7 kg): Diego lopes derrotou Sodiq Yusuf by technical knockout at 1m29s of R1

Light weight (up to 70,3 kg) Renato Moicano derrotou jalin turner by technical knockout at 4m11s of R2

Straw weight (up to 52,1 kg): Jessica Stacker derrotou Marina Rodriguez in the judges' split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Light weight (up to 70,3 kg): Bobby Green derrotou Jim Miller in the unanimous decision of the judges (30-27, 30-25, 29-26)

Bantam weight (up to 61,2 kg): Deiveson Figueiredo finished cody garbrandt with a rear naked choke at 4m02s of R2

UFC 300 Stats

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