Kayla Harrison signs multi-year extension with PFL

Kayla Harrison, an emerging star in mixed martial arts, has signed a multi-year extension to fight in PFL, she told ESPN on Thursday.

A former two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo, Harrison, 29, is currently competing in PFL's lightweight playoffs, which will wrap up at the end of 2019.

Terms of her new deal were not disclosed.

"I am super excited to be signing a multi-fight deal with the PFL," Harrison told ESPN. "This has been my home from the beginning with MMA. Because of them, I've been able to come so far. The women's platform has grown tremendously. They've made it completely equal for men and women.

"We all have the opportunity to fight for $1 million. Not only that, I'm going to become one of, if not the highest paid females in MMA. I'm super happy to be part of team PFL."

Harrison's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, said the new deal will pay "seven figures per year," whether she wins PFL's $1 million playoffs or not.

"I believe she is on her way to being the face of female MMA, and it's fair to say she's the face of the PFL promotion," Abdelaziz said. "Kayla is an example to all young ladies. It's all hard work and dedication. She doesn't have to talk trash. She's the greatest athlete I've ever worked with, and I'm honored to be a part of her team."

Harrison (5-0) transitioned from judo into MMA in 2018. Her talent and marketability convinced PFL to promote a 155-pound female weight class in 2019. It is the only major North American promotion to do so.

Harrison is scheduled to face Bobbi Jo Dalziel in the PFL semifinals in Las Vegas on Friday (8 p.m. ET on ESPN+, 10 p.m. on ESPN2). Harrison's original opponent, Genah Fabian, was replaced due to an issue with making weight.

"The PFL is proud and excited to extend our relationship with Kayla Harrison," PFL CEO Peter Murray said. "We believe this is just the beginning for the two-time Olympic gold medalist, and I am eager to see her continue on her journey this Friday night on ESPN2 when she takes on Genah Fabian for a spot in the 2019 PFL Championship, where she could be crowned as the first-ever women's lightweight champ and win $1 million."