I’ve Been To The Deepest, Darkest, Most Terrible Places – MMA Root

Olympic gold medalist and outstanding Professional Combat League athlete Kayla Harrison has shed light on the struggles she endured before winning Olympic gold.

Kayla Harrison won gold medals in judo at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. After making the long-awaited transition into the world of MMA, many began to consider her the next Ronda Rosie. In light of her dominance in the PFL, the 11-0 unbeaten judoka shared that this is not always a success and gold medals.

At 16, Harrison admits to being a victim of sexual assault. In particular, the PFL mainstay insists that the judo coach take advantage of it while she carefully prepares for the competition.

Reflecting on those bad times, the 31-year-old insists that she doesn’t want to be who she was in those dark times.

“I want to develop as a fighter inside a cage, but also as a person, you know,” said Kayla Harrison in an interview with Channel 7 of South Florida. “I don’t want to be the same person I was when I was 16. This child was [expletive]… “

“I have been to the deepest, darkest and most terrible places that a human soul can go,” Harrison said. “Things have happened to me that should not happen to anyone.”

After years of sexual abuse by her judo coach, Harrison once admitted that she lacked the motivation to live. The lightweight pays tribute to those close to her for helping change her life.

“There were moments when I wanted to die, there were moments when I was prone to suicide, there were moments when I thought it was not worth it, you know,” she said. “Not only to keep practicing judo, but it wasn’t worth living.”

“I want every child in America to know what sexual abuse is, to know what it looks like, and I also want to give people hope. Harrison said. So many victims fall victim to being victims, and many of them never make it out of their lives. I want to change that. “

Harrison’s story illustrates heroism and adversity. The Olympic gold medalist hopes to spread the word to prevent other children from falling prey to the traps she fell into at an impressionable age.

It is confirmed that Harrison will fight later this month against Taylor Guardado on October 27 in the 2021 PFL Lightweight Championship final.