Middletown’s Kayla Harrison rang in the new year with a Professional Fighters League title and the $1 million prize.
Harrison, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, won the PFL women’s lightweight championship on New Year’s Eve at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.
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Harrison easily defeated Larissa Pacheco from Brazil in the championship fight that was televised on ESPN. Judges scored the fight 50-43, 50-45 and 50-45.
Harrison also defeated Pacheco in her opening fight of the 2019 PFL season.
The victory pushed Harrison’s pro MMA record to 7-0.
After the fight, Harrison was joined in the ring by former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson who presented her with her championship belt and her large $1 million check.
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