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Judo Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison Inks MMA Management Deal

MMA Weekly reports that the first American to ever win a gold medal in Judo at the Olympics, Kayla Harrison, has signed with manager Ali Abdel-Aziz and Dominance MMA. At this summer’s Olympic games Harrison brought home gold in the 78kg weight class.

Don’t get too excited at the prospect of the twenty two year-old taking her Judo skills to MMA just yet, however. According to MMA Weekly, Abdel-Aziz says that Harrison wants to go for another gold in four years.

“In an interview with content partner Bleacher Report in July, Harrison discussed her potential move into MMA following along with former teammate Ronda Rousey.

‘Not sure as of right now. I never say never but I don’t know if the MMA world is ready for me! I’m a bit bigger than Ronda, and I’m not quite as flashy. I’m also not an entertainer. I do the sport because I love it, not for money or fame. So to make the transition into MMA would be a big one for me,’ said Harrison.”

Abdel-Aziz will manage Harrison along with her Judo coach Jimmy Pedro. Pedro is himself an American Judo legend, having won two bronze Olympic medals and coached other top players.

How do you think Harrison will fare in MMA, nation? She’d likely be less dynamic than Rousey but might she end up just as dominant in her weight class?

- Elias Cepeda

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enrikk- September 10, 2012 at 5:48 am
@ RwilsonR - Speaking of training with the Blackzillians, I'm curious to see who Bones refuses to fight at the last minute after Vitor fails to make weight. At least they won't have to cancel 152 'cuz they learned/remembered how to make a better card.
RwilsonR- September 10, 2012 at 1:11 am
@ Socratic - I'm sure if she started on the Dolce diet, Gina Carano could start to make the cut to be small enough to fight this chick in about six months or so. Just don't let her near the Blackzillians' camp, and I know Gina can do it.
RwilsonR- September 10, 2012 at 1:06 am
78kg = 1 GSP .....give or take a pound.
NomadRip- September 9, 2012 at 8:02 pm
It'd be great to see her in the cage, but yeah, she's much bigger than Ronda nowadays.
Mr_Misanthropy- September 9, 2012 at 6:30 pm
Alias: Human Centipeda?
Hill-Billy- September 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm
How do we still not have an awesome,

snarky inappropriate CP article on the 'MMA FIGHTER high on mushrooms murders friend, rips out tounge and cooks heart' story.

It's been front page on DRUDGE for at least 2 days!
Mr_Misanthropy- September 9, 2012 at 6:29 pm
What, did you just step out of a time machine?! That happened like two years ago or something.
raton- September 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm
Never mind, I just realized she was speaking literally and not figuratively.
raton- September 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm
"I'm a bit bigger than Ronda". I already hate this cunt.
holeeball- September 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm
It's about 171 american Kilos.
holeeball- September 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm
Did she just call Rousey an attention whore? OHH she did.
angry little feet- September 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm
I don't math so good. What the hell is 78kg in 'merican?
SocraticMethod- September 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm
Does WMMA even have her weight class? EliteXC and SF struggled to find women big enough to compete with Gina and Cyborg.