When Kayla Harrison walked right into a room filled with reporters backstage at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater within the early hours of Saturday morning, she damage.
It wasn’t simply the bodily toll of her shocking five-round main event loss to Larissa Pacheco (19-4) at 2022 PFL Championships, no. There was an emotional and psychological wrestle ongoing internally on the podium, however Harrison (15-1) stood tall – even when the tears dripped off her face.
As Harrison put it, her first style of defeat in MMA made her wish to “crawl out of my skin,” however she took on the chin and over the span of roughly 10 minutes of questions and solutions, didn’t make one excuse.
“I just think I talk a lot about legacy, right?” Harrison instructed reporters on her determination to talk (via MMA Sucka). “And to me, my legacy isn’t simply what I do contained in the cage. It’s how I carry myself outdoors the cage. I take into consideration what I need my youngsters to know and I’m not ashamed of myself tonight. I’m proud. I went on the market, I fought and I misplaced. But I can maintain my head excessive and carry myself with dignity and I believe that an actual champion reveals up within the good instances and the dangerous.
“I want kids everywhere to know that, listen: I fell down tonight. I fell flat on my face. I lost in front of the whole world, and it hurt and it’s going to hurt for a while. But it’s also an opportunity for growth and opportunity for me to become a better fighter, a better person, and that is part of my legacy – not just the wins, but what I do during the losses, as well.”
As for the intricacies of the defeat, Harrison didn’t have a solution as to why she didn’t win. In her eyes, the combat was shut, however Pacheco was higher – particularly higher than within the first two conferences, which Harrison gained.
“I have a lot to work on,” Harrison stated. “Failure is my fuel. Some days you’re the nail and some days you’re the hammer. I feel like I’ve been the hammer for a while, and today I experienced being the nail. This is an opportunity for me to grow as a fighter and as a person.”
Despite a primary in MMA, the idea of loss isn’t international to Harrison, who had a prolonged judo profession en path to eventual Olympic gold. Defeat drove her in her previous sport and she or he expects it to do the identical in MMA.
“I’m very fortunate this isn’t the first time I’ve lost in life or in a sport setting,” Harrison stated. “You know, I lost many times in judo. It’s a little different in MMA, obviously. It’s the world’s biggest stage. I obviously just lost my title. That hurts and it’s going to hurt for a while. … It’s different in the sense there’s $1 million on the line. I feel like I’m the face of the promotion, so I dropped the ball a little bit. But losing is losing, you know. For me, I want to crawl out of my skin. I can’t stand it. It’s painful.”
Harrison initially deliberate to diverge from the PFL season setting after the 2022 season concluded. Now with this loss, she’s uncertain about her instant future. First, she’s going to spend time with household. Then what? Well, Harrison indicated maybe combat followers will see her before anticipated.
“I thought I was going to take a break, but it’s going to be hard now,” Harrison stated.
On the subject of household, notably her youngsters, Harrison stated throughout her break free from competitors she plans to make use of the loss as a lesson for them. Sometimes, preventing mirrors life and that is a kind of instances.”
“Life hits harder than anything inside of the cage,” Harrison stated. “My kids need to know that, too. Life is unforgiving. It doesn’t care how much money you have in the bank account. It doesn’t care what color your hair is or how nice of a person you are. Sometimes life just f*cks you up. My kids need to know that and they need to know how to handle adversity.”
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