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Invicta FC 43: PFL lightweight champ Kayla Harrison drops to 145 to face Courtney King

PFL  women’s lightweight champ Kayla Harrison will be testing the featherweight waters at Invicta FC 43 on Nov. 20.

In the co-main event, Harrison, 30, (7-0-0) who won the PFL women’s lightweight title during Season 2 over Larissa Pacheo last December, will be facing Courtney King (4-1-0), who is 3-1-0 in Invicta since debuting in June 2017. King does hold wins over Holli Logan and Colbey Northcutt.

“I have been on a mission to show I am the best fighter,” Harrison said in a press release. “I have been tackling challenges my entire career and this bout at 145-pounds is a new and exciting one for me. I’m looking forward to competing in this new weight class and can’t wait to get back into the PFL cage come April.”

“I am really excited to see Kayla compete for the first time at 145-pounds,” PFL president of fighting operations Ray Sefo added. “She was a dominant champion at 155-pounds, and I look forward to her tackling another challenge on her journey to becoming one of the greatest fighters MMA has ever seen and I’m looking forward to her next run at PFL gold beginning in April.”

The main event is now Emily Ducote taking on Montserrat Ruiz for the vacant strawweight title, replacing the previous Pearl Gonzalez vs. Erin Blanchfield bout because of a positive Gonzalez COVID test. Stephane Geltmacher also faces Catlin Simmons, who replaces Trisha Cicero.

Invicta FC 43 is a closed-door event, scheduled for Nov. 20 in Kansas City, live streaming on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. CT.

The PFL’s season is expected to start on April 23 on ESPN2. The regular season events will take place on April 29, May 6, June 10, June 17, and June 25.

The current Invicta FC 43 lineup is:
Strawweight Title: Emily Ducote (9-6-0) vs. Montserrat “Conejo” Ruiz (9-1-0)
Featherweight: Kayla Harrison (7-0-0) vs. Courtney King (4-1-0)
Flyweight: Stephanie Geltmacher (4-1-0) vs. Caitlin Sammons (3-0-0)
Featherweight: Brittney Cloudy (2-1-0) vs. Hope Chase (2-2-0)
Strawweight: Alexa Culp (1-0-0) vs. Meaghan Penning. (0-0-0)
Strawweight: Juliana Miller (1-0-0) vs. Kendal Holowell (1-0-0)


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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