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Kayla Harrison speaks out after losing her undefeated in PFL 10

Kayla Harrison was defeated by Larissa Pachecho in the main fight of PFL 10, losing her undefeated in MMA, in the women’s lightweight championship tournament final. From now until her next visit to the cage, the fighter’s record is 15-1. And after the event she was talking to the media and sharing his feelings and thoughts after the first loss of his career (via MMA Fighting).

“I am super grateful for the opportunity to do what I love every day. I didn’t get the result I wanted tonight. Larissa was the best fighter. I have no excuses. I believe in my team, I believe in my preparation. I feel like we did everything right to prepare for this fight, and it just didn’t work out for me tonight. I made some tactical mistakes. Lots to work on. Failure is inevitable. Some days you are the nail and others the hammer. I feel like I’ve been the hammer for a while, and today I got to experience being the nail. This is an opportunity for me to grow as a fighter and as a person..

I am very lucky that this is not the first time I have lost in life or in a sports environment.. I have lost many times in judo. It’s a little different in MMA, obviously. It is the biggest stage in the world. I just lost my degree so that hurts. She’s going to hurt for a while. But it’s also kind of silly, right? I’m not curing cancer, I’m not changing the world. What I do is very selfish, and I do it because I love it. And again, I’m so thankful for my team, for all of you who make sacrifices for me, are away from their families on vacation, are in the gym with me every day, working as hard as I am. I am grateful for my family, for all the sacrifices they made for me to be here, for my children, and I know that I have a truly blessed life. So even though it hurts, I know I’ll come back stronger.

“I just think I talk about legacy a lot, and for me my legacy is not just what I do inside the cage, but how I behave outside the cage. I think about what I want my children to know, and I’m not ashamed of myself tonight. I’m proud. I’ve been out, I’ve fought, I’ve lost, but I can hold my head up and carry myself with dignity.. I think a true champion comes through thick and thin, and I want kids everywhere to know that, listen, I fell tonight, I fell flat on my face, I lost in front of the whole world, and it hurts, it’s going to hurt for a while, but it’s also an opportunity for growth, it’s an opportunity for me to become a better fighter, a better person, and that is part of my legacy. Not just the wins, but also what I do during the losses.

“I felt like I needed to win the fifth round. She was doing more damage than me. Even on the ground, some of the blows from below were telling me: what the hell just hit me? I felt like she really needed to find a way, and she was even thinking about it before the fight. ‘Twenty-five hard minutes, I have to find a way.’ And I just didn’t find a way tonight…

“She was extremely physical in this fight. I feel like she was a different person there, to be honest. I don’t know. She was much bigger, much stronger than she remembered (Harrison beat Pacheco in 2019). Much more patient, obviously. There were a couple of times where she went into a frenzy, but she kept up with her conditioning very well. she did a great job. she is a champion.

“It’s different in the sense that there’s $1 million up for grabs, and I feel like I’m the face of the promotion, so I kind of dropped the ball. But losing is losing. For me, it’s like I want to get out of my skin, I can’t take it. So it’s painful”.

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