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Who Is Kayla Harrison ? Read More About Her


Who Is Kayla Harrison ? Read More About Her

Kayla Jean Harrison was born in July 2, 1990, is an American judoka and professional mixed martial artist. Harrison competed in the 78 kg weight category in judo and currently fights in the lightweight division in mixed martial arts. She won the 2010 World Judo Championships, gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, and gold at the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games. Born in Middletown, Ohio, Harrison took up judo at the age of six, having been introduced to the sport by her mother, who was a black belt. She graduated from Middletown High School (Ohio).

She began training under coach Daniel Doyle, and won two national championships by the age of 15. However, during that period Doyle was abusing Harrison, who reported it to another judoka, who in turn told Harrison’s mother. She subsequently reported this to the police. Doyle was convicted and sentenced to a ten-year prison term. A month after the abuse was revealed, she moved away from her home in Ohio to Boston to train with Jimmy Pedro and his father.

With the 2020 PFL season cancelled, Harrison was handed a contract exemption to sign with the Invicta FC and made her debut in the Featherweight division against Courtney King at Invicta FC 43 on November 20, 2020. She won the fight via TKO in the second round. Harrison was then expected to compete for Titan FC. She was scheduled to face Jozette Cotton in a rematch on December 17, 2020, at Titan FC 66. However, Cotton was hospitalized due to a bad weight cut and the bout was cancelled.

In 2020, Harrison acquired full custody of her niece Kyla and nephew Emery, after her stepfather – who had their custody at the time – had suddenly passed away.

Kayla Harrison has been a guest in episode 24 of season 6, and in episode 4 of season 7, of the television show Impractical Jokers. She also appeared on an episode of Flea Market Flip with her grandmother.