Harrison became the first American judoka


In August, Harrison became the first American judoka, male or female, to win back-to-back medals of any kind. Harrison’s, of course, were gold, which she won in 2012 in London and successfully defended in August in Rio de Janeiro.

She signed a contract with the World Series of Fighting, and is going to train with her judo coach, Jimmy Pedro Sr., as well as Renzo Gracie’s New York-based fight team that includes UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and former champion Frankie Edgar, among others.

Harrison, though, isn’t committed to fighting yet. The WSOF deal is for her to broadcast, be a brand ambassador and, if she chooses to, to fight.

Harrison will debut on the WSOF’s broadcast on New Year’s Eve from New York, but it will be behind the microphone, not in front of it.

She’ll begin her training in January and then will see.