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Kayla Harrison was reluctant to fight Cindy Dandois but knows ‘I have a job to do, and I’m going to go do my job’

After her big win at PFL 3 which saw a first-round finish filled with plenty of violence followed by an epic post-victory speech on the broadcast, lightweight champion Kayla Harrison is letting it be known, she’s the queen, everyone else is just living in her world.

Harrison is setting out to run through the 2021 PFL season and defend her lightweight title while also defending the queen’s crown. Now, she is set to face Cindy Dandois at PFL 6 on June 25, and at first, the matchup wasn’t something she wanted, but as the fight approaches, she knows it’s all business.

During an interview with the On The Mic podcast, Kayla Harrison spoke about her reluctance to fight Dandois at first for many personal reasons, none related to fighting, but she also knows that a contract was signed and there’s a job. Dandois has said that this will be the final fight of her career, while also dealing with the loss of multiple family members and struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic. All of those reasons are why Harrison didn’t want to fight her, something she even asked for but the matchup was still made.

“At the end of the day we both signed on the dotted line, we have a job to do.” Harrison said. “Of course I asked, I said, she was the one person I didn’t want to fight. Just because I’m a human being, I feell ike I have compassion towards other human beings. I know this is her last hoorah, I didn’t wnat to be the nail in the coffin and othe personal things she’s been through and going through, I really just didnt want to fight her.”

Acknowledging that she doesn’t really get what she asks for anymore, Harrison says it’s time to put the blinders on and get to work.

“But I don’t really get what I want anymore pretty much, at all, so I’m not surprised. I think now it’s time to just put on the blinders and do business. I have nothign but respect for her, love, and good vibes, but I have a job to do and I’m going to go out there and do my job.”

After dropping her most recent opponent in the first round, Harrison dropped the mic in an epic post-fight speech where she let it be known that the tournament, is not a real tournament, and she’s the Queen, it’s just a coronation for her inside the PFL. As she heads into this matchup against Dandois, she knows she has to back up everything she said after her last fight.

“I gotta prove why I said what I said, right? This isn’t a tournament,, I’m the Queen, there is no questioning it. Don’t even dream about think someone else is better than me or I’ll wake you up and slap you. I have a job to do, that’s to go out and dominate and be so good, people can’t ignore me.”

PFL 6 takes place on June 25, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and will be the final event of the PFL’s regular season in 2021 before the playoffs begin later this year. Kayla Harrison vs Cindy Dandois will be the main event for PFL 6.

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Mike Pendleton
Mike Pendleton is a current contributor to MyMMANews while also hosting his "On The Mic" podcast and is a former Associate Producer at Sirius XM's Fight Nation. With a special passion for interviewing and talking to the very best around the fight game, you can read or listen to Mike's work across his multiple outlets. Follow me on Twitter: @MP2310