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Ailin Perez Calls for Headlining Fight Against Kayla Harrison After UFC 302 Win



Ailin Perez called out Kayla Harrison after her win over Joselyne Edwards at UFC 302 on Saturday.

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Perez and Edwards looked to settle their rivalry, which started with an altercation at the UFC Performance Institute in November 2023. “Fiona” survived a blatant head butt from Edwards and went on to register a unanimous decision victory in their preliminary bantamweight bout at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Argentine standout subsequently called out two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison.

Elaborating on her callout, Perez noted that the former Professional Fighters League lightweight champ currently has a lot of clout in the division. Perez wants to fight Harrison in a main event, which would be the first five rounder of the Argentine’s career if it comes to fruition.

“Yes, I called out Kayla Harrison back there in the interview,” Perez said during a post-fight media scrum. “This is the name that’s resounding in the division right now. Because mine’s going to be sounding really good in the future. I want that fight, I want to fight her. I want a main event. I do have the cardio and the heart for five rounds and also, I got some big ovaries. Dana give me this fight, I deserve it.”

According to Perez, a lot of fighters are ducking Harrison because of the Olympic judoka’s impressive skillset. However, Perez is willing to make a quick turnaround to face Harrison.

“Every girl seems to be afraid of Kayla Harrison, because of her physical condition, her experience, her power, her ground game, submissions,” Perez said. “But I will train for this fight, I will get prepared. I will be ready go for it, and I want to prove that I can do this in five rounds. And I can do this as soon as possible, say in a couple of months, or even before.”

Currently unranked at bantamweight, Perez has now racked up three consecutive unanimous decision wins after suffering a submission loss against Stephanie Egger in her UFC debut in September 2022. Meanwhile, Harrison submitted former champ Holly Holm in her promotional debut at UFC 300 in April.
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