Kayla Harrison Wants to Fight the Best, but Business Gets In the Way

Kayla Harrison is an Olympic judo champion and undefeated in mixed martial arts bouts. A victory over Amanda Nunes or Cris Justino would raise her profile, but she may never get the chance.

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. — If professional mixed martial arts were merely a sport and not a business, Kayla Harrison said she would match herself with Amanda Nunes, the former Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight champion.

She would not want an undercard or an audience. Harrison, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo, and a relentless grappler in M.M.A. fights, said she would invite a few of the industry’s power brokers so they could verify the fight’s result. And

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