Kayla Harrison has a competition for New Year’s Eve.
MMA Fighting confirmed with resources the two-time Olympic gold medal winning judoka will face Moriel Charneski in a lightweight bout at PFL 11 on Dec. 31 in the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden in nyc. Harrison’s opponent was initially reported by ESPN.
This will indicate Harrison’s third foray into the cage after having her hand raised in her first two coNFLicts, a first-round armbar submission of Brittney Elkin in June and a third-round TKO of Jozette Cotton in August. The 28-year-old made the move following a successful international judo career that saw her become the first American to win gold to MMA. She repeated the feat four years later.
Charneski (3-4) is coming from a second-round TKO win against recent Invicta FC competitor Sarah Patterson. She’s also competed against cast member Marciea Allen and one-time Invicta featherweight title challenger Pam Sorenson.
PFL 11 marks the culmination of this Pro Fighters League season, which has been comprised of a season and playoffs. The card will see six fighters earn a $1,000,000 prize and a division tournament.
The card is as follows:
Kayla Harrison vs. Moriel Charneski