Kayla Harrison is so desperate to fight Cris Cyborg she said she'd let the MMA icon take steroids

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Kayla Harrison and Cris Cyborg.
Kayla Harrison and Cris Cyborg.Photos by Getty Images
  • Kayla Harrison is talking up a super fight with MMA trailblazer Cris Cyborg.

  • The American is so desperate for the bout that she'd "let her juice to the gills."

  • This is a likely reference to when Cyborg tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in 2012.

If Kayla Harrison and Cris Cyborg were to fight, it would naturally become one of the biggest bouts in women's combat sports history.

But the two athletes have been competing for different organizations.

Two-tme gold medal Olympian Harrison won millions of dollars through two successful seasons with PFL MMA, and even received a nomination for this year's ESPYs as the best fighter in her sport.

Cyborg, meanwhile, has been a trailblazer in ultimate fighting, and remains the only athlete in MMA history to win titles with four organizations — Invicta FC, Strikeforce, UFC, and Bellator MMA.

With it looking increasingly likely that Cyborg will transition to boxing later this year (as per an MMA Junkie report that indicates her debut will be September 25), Harrison — and those at PFL — appeared to make a desperate play for the super fight.

It started with a tweet from PFL founder and chairman Donn Davis, who said: "Fans want the fight, fighters want the fight."

Davis said his organization will "provide all money" with each athlete receiving a guaranteed $1 million, with a bonus of $2 million available to the winner.

The bout would be available as a pay-per-view.

Harrison then had her own offer, though hers was more bizarre.

"We can do winner takes all, or we can do when she loses, she gets to keep her purse," Harrison told Ariel Helwani on MMA Fighting's show "The MMA Hour".

Harrison added that "whatever price" Cyborg wanted for the bout, she would lobby on her behalf to Davis and PFL executive Peter Murray.

Cris Cyborg has consistently dominated opponents in Bellator MMA.
Cris Cyborg has consistently dominated opponents in Bellator MMA.Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

She even said she'd subject herself to full anti-doping drug testing. "I will be drug tested every day from now until the fight, if she's worried about that," she said on the show. "And she doesn't have to be drug tested at all."

In a tweet posted prior to her interview on "The MMA Hour," Harrison said she'd let Cyborg "juice to the gills" — meaning the Brazilian could take steroids ahead of the bout, if she wanted.

This is a likely reference to 2012, when Cyborg tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol, had her license suspended for a year, and was fined $2,500, according to an MMA Junkie report at the time.

A glaring issue with this is that an athletic board in Nevada, California, or New York wouldn't permit one fighter to take steroids, even if it was welcomed by the opponent.

A professional combat organization would receive significant pushback from media and sporting authorities, too.

Regardless, Harrison is desperate to ram an elbow 'through her skull'

Kayla Harrison, MMA star.
Kayla Harrison, MMA star.Photo by Getty Images

"The only thing I ask is that they allow elbows," on the ground to be legal, Harrison said on "The MMA Hour" show.

When asked why, Harrison replied: "So I can put one through her skull."

Cyborg has indicated before to MMA Fighting that she would welcome a bout, but noted that she could retire having never fought Harrison because she's been in so many big bouts already.

"I'm happy with my career," the veteran fighter said. "I can finish my career and not fight Kayla. But it's going to be great if this fight happens.

"If people would like to watch the fight, it's going to be great."

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