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Kayla Harrison: ‘I’m probably the highest-paid female fighter in MMA right now’

PFL fighter Kayla Harrison is perfectly happy with what she’s being compensated for.

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Many prominent fighters today are generally unsatisfied with what they’re being compensated for. PFL’s Kayla Harrison, however, says she’s in the exact opposite position.

“They take such good care of me. I’m probably the highest-paid female fighter in MMA right now,” she told MMA Fighting. “I just can’t believe it’s my life sometimes. It’s a no brainer for me. I get to fight for a company that I believe in. My destiny is in my hands. I’m getting paid a ridiculous amount of money and I still get to grow as a fighter.”

Women’s MMA exploded into the mainstream when Ronda Rousey paved the way for female fighters early in the decade. Now that they are getting the same recognition as their male counterparts, Harrison couldn’t be any happier.

“It’s humbling. I believe that this is still a male-dominated sport but the fact that women can make more or the same as male fighters, it’s awesome,” she said. “It’s really good for MMA. It’s really good for the female empowerment movement.

“I couldn’t be happier with where I’m at, the company I’m with and what I’m doing. I’m excited.”

Harrison is set to face Larissa Pacheco at PFL 10 at Madison Square Garden on New Year’s Eve. The winner will take home $1 million.