Former PFL women’s lightweight champion Kayla Harrison issued a statement following her upset loss to Larissa Pacheco at the 2022 PFL Championship.
In one of the biggest MMA upsets of 2022, Harrison lost a unanimous decision to Pacheco in this year’s PFL women’s lightweight championship. Not only was Harrison undefeated heading into this fight, but she already had two previous wins over Pacheco in the PFL. The betting odds had Harrison as a -800 betting favorite, and the majority of fans and media were picking her to win. But Pacheco pulled off the upset with a hard-fought victory over the Olympian.
For Harrison, this was a very tough loss as she was fully expected to win and yet lost the fight. She was talking a big game and calling out Bellator star Cris Cyborg, but this defeat to Pacheco will hurt her stock for the time being. Anytime any fighter suffers a loss it’s tough. For someone like Harrison who has the pedigree that she has, it’s understandable she’s taking it hard.
Taking to her social media following the loss, Harrison shared a statement where she wrote about how she is feeling in the aftermath of the loss. Here’s what she wrote on her Instagram:
“God is good all the time. I struggle to find the words right now to properly articulate how I’m feeling. I think like the most people when falling short I feel sad. Angry with myself. Disappointed. Heart broken. Nothing stings for me quite like the pain of failure. I want every young person reading this to know that it’s ok. It’s ok to fail. It’s ok to stumble. And I see it. I read what everyone is saying. But I am not ashamed. I step in the cage and I walk in life knowing that failure is a possibility. I know that I live my life out loud and the consequence of that is to be seen and to be humbled. I’m beyond upset about losing. I can’t ever really describe to you how it will haunt me. But I keep going back to that first sentence. God is good all the time. Not when it’s good. Not when it’s bad. He’s just always there. He’s always got us. It’s going to be ok. And I’m not done. Not even close,” Harrison wrote.
What do you think is next for Kayla Harrison after losing to Larissa Pacheco at the PFL Championship?
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