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ATT owner Dan Lambert on potential Amanda Nunes vs. Kayla Harrison fight: ‘I’d do everything I could to avoid it’ – MMA Root



ATT owner Dan Lambert on potential Amanda Nunes vs. Kayla Harrison fight: ‘I’d do everything I could to avoid it’

Two-time Olympic champion Kayla Harrison will soon become one of the most coveted free agents in all combat sports after she ends her contract with the PFL on October 27.

While she still needs to go through Taylor Guardado to become a two-time PFL champion, Harrison has every chance of remaining undefeated. She will then begin to put forward proposals to determine where she will ultimately compete.

Sure, with the chance to win $ 1 million at the end of each season, Harrison could easily return to the PFL for another year, but she will certainly be interested in other promotions, especially the UFC and Bellator.

“As far as I understand, this was her last year with the PFL, and after her fight, they’ll figure out what she’s doing,” said American Top Team owner Dan Lambert of Harrison’s situation. MMA hour

“Either returning there, or going to the Bellator to fight? [Cris] Cyborg and beat her up, or maybe try to throw her hat into the UFC ring. Who knows. I think the winner is the one who offers the highest price. “

Lambert does not control Harrison – this debt rests with the founder of MMA Dominance, Ali Abdelaziz. But he obviously spends a lot of time with her while she spends her training camps at the Coconut Creek, Florida facility.

While he really just wants the best for Harrison in her future, Lambert also knows that one of these career paths could end up in a fight between two of the best fighters in the gym.

If Harrison signs up for the UFC and starts competing at featherweight, she will almost certainly face reigning two-division champion Amanda Nunez, with whom she trains on the American Top Team.

In fact, Harrison and Nunez actually started working together after sharing the same head coach with former WEC champion Mike Brown.

Lambert has seen similar situations play out previously with American Top Team fighters, including Tyrone Woodley, facing Robbie Lawler when they clashed for the UFC welterweight title.

Ideally, Lambert has never seen two of his fighters go head-to-head, but he also understands that situations like this can arise when there are so many top athletes in the gym.

“I would do my best to avoid that,” Lambert said of Nunez vs. Harrison. “I don’t like it when our people fight. Usually when you get into a fight, you have at least 50-50 people coming out happy or sad. Put our two people against each other, especially in a high-stakes battle like this, you have a 100 percent chance of leaving feeling really bad about someone.

“But hey, sometimes shit happens. If that happened, we would split the training, choose training partners and coaches to help everyone, and may the best man or woman win. ”

It remains to be seen how Harrison will end. But first things first, as she tries to claim another $ 1 million prize on the PFL Finals card slated for October 27th. Meanwhile, Nunez prepares to defend her bantamweight title when she faces Julianne Pena in the co-main event at UFC 269 in December. …