Kayla Harrison manufactured her Invicta FC and featherweight debuts on Friday night time, mauling Courtney King in the Invicta FC 43 key event in Kansas Town.
- PFL winner Kayla Harrison created her Invicta FC and featherweight debut
- Harrison is a sixth degree black belt and two-time Olympic gold medalist in Judo
- Harrison defeated Courtney King by means of a second-round TKO stoppage
Invicta FC 43 was at first slated to be topped by a strawweight title fight among Emily Ducote and Montserrat Ruiz. Both of those fighters properly manufactured championship weight – Ducote at 114.5 pounds and Ruiz at 113.3 pounds – but improved COVID-19 basic safety protocols pressured the struggle off of the card. Invicta officers hope to reschedule the bout at a upcoming celebration.
The Ducote vs. Ruiz postponement elevated the Harrison vs. King bout to headlining position. Harrison is the Experienced Fighters League women’s lightweight winner, but designed her featherweight debut on personal loan to Invicta FC, as the PFL suspended its 2020 period due to the fact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Harrison was articles to stand and trade with King for the to start with half of the 1st round, but then tripped her to the canvas. After on the mat, Harrison quickly went to function from inside of guard, landing various hard punches and elbows, immediately covering King’s deal with with a crimson mask.
A limited time afterwards, Harrison moved to full mount, continuing to drop fists to King’s confront. Harrison slid off into an armbar try, but King defended perfectly, lasting to the horn.
In amongst rounds, the slice to King’s confront was obvious. Harrison opened a large gash just above the bridge of her nose in amongst her eyes. The health care provider took a lengthy appear at the reduce, but didn’t prevent the combat.
King started out round two a ball of hearth, but Harrison quickly drove her into the fence and then dragged her to the canvas. Once more functioning from within entire guard, Harrison attacked with punches and elbows, but King defended nicely ample to get a stand-up from the referee.
Harrison utilized the chance to scoop King up and slam her to the mat. She rapidly worked her way from inside guard to facet management to entire mount. Nevertheless King’s corner did a fantastic task stemming the bleeding from the lower between rounds, Harrison bludgeoned her with punches and elbows, once all over again leading to the blood to gush from her confront.
Moments later on, Harrison moved to side manage and completed the combat with recurring left fingers to King’s deal with.
It was a masterful general performance by the two-time Olympic gold medalist in Judo, but Harrison was not thoroughly happy by her general performance.
“I’m just a minor let down due to the fact I want to do the job my stand-up a lot more. I want to get in there and not be concerned to get punched. In follow, I do high-quality. (But) when I get in there, no, no, takedown,” Harrison claimed, even though she favored utilizing elbows, which the PFL does not allow for.
“Holy cow! What have I been lacking? Elbows are wonderful,” she exclaimed.
Harrison is still under agreement with the PFL and intends to combat for the promotion when it begins up its period in 2021. Until finally then, on the other hand, she is hopeful to get one more fight in in advance of then. If she has her way, it will after once again be less than the Invicta FC banner.
“I’m gonna battle just one a lot more time in advance of fulfilling my contractual obligations with PFL. I hope that’s with Invicta. Then I’ll fight the (PFL 2021) time at 155.”
Invicta FC 43 total results
- Kayla Harrison vs. Courtney King through TKO (punches) at 4:48, R2
- Stephanie Geltmacher def. Caitlin Sammons by means of KO at 4:28, R1
- Hope Chase def. Brittney Cloudy by means of submission (rear naked choke) at 4:37, R1
- Meaghan Penning def. Alexa Culp through unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Juliana Miller def. Kendal Holowell via submission (armbar) at 2:49, R1