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Two-time Olympic judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison joins WSOF

American judoka Kayla Harrisonda category wins heavyweight Weight (78kg) Women's Judo Olympics in Rio de Janeiro 2016 the Carioca 2 Arena in Brazil and get the gold medal. French Audrey Tcheumo took silver and Brazilian Mayra Aguiar and the Slovenian Anamari Velenek took bronze. (Photo by Geraldo Bubniak/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
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Pretty soon, a new Olympian is going to be joining the world of MMA; and she will be doing so as a part of World Series of Fighting.

Kayla Harrison has signed with WSOF where she will be a commentator and brand ambassador for the meantime, but eventually will make her professional MMA debut there too, according to MMAjunkie.

“I’ve been boxing and doing jiu-jitsu and all that, and the biggest thing for me, really, is that I miss competing,” Harrison said. “I miss fighting on the highest stages of the world, and the World Series of Fighting really gave me a great opportunity.”

Harrison competed in judo and won the gold medal in 2012 and 2016 at the Olympic Games.

Obviously, her accomplishments will garner an immediate comparison to another MMA fighter.

“A lot of times people like to compare me to Ronda [Rousey],” Harrison said. “I’m my own person. I make my own decisions. I’ll do it in my own time.

“I just want everyone to be excited and expect big things from me,” Harrison said. “This is only the beginning.

“I’m excited for this new chapter. I’m excited to commentate. I’m excited to be a brand ambassador and help the World Series of Fighting grow their organization, as well as help me grow myself as a fighter, as a brand myself, and my foundation. So it’s all coming together, and I’m really excited to be working with such a positive and professional team.”

Harrison also won gold at the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games in judo.

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