After a prolonged wait, Kayla Harrison has become a UFC fighter.

The promotion has inked a deal with the Olympic gold medalist, now a Professional Fighters League competitor. She is set to make her debut against Holly Holm at UFC 300 on April 13, as announced by Dana White on Tuesday.

Fill in some tHarrison has been widely recognized as the most renowned female mixed martial artist not associated with the UFC.ext

She stands as the sole American to achieve an Olympic gold medal in judo, accomplishing this feat in the 78 kg category in both 2012 and 2016.

Following her 2016 title, she transitioned to the professional realm and quickly emerged as one of the most captivating figures in the PFL.

During her time with PFL, Harrison experienced a remarkable 15-fight undefeated streak. She briefly ventured to compete with Invicta and secured two lightweight titles.

Her inaugural professional loss occurred in the 2022 lightweight title fight against Larissa Pacheco. In 2023, she participated in just one bout, triumphing over former UFC fighter Aspen Ladd in a catchweight contest.

For her debut, Harrison will transition to bantamweight to confront Holm. This change is necessitated by the apparent discontinuation of the women's featherweight division at UFC following Amanda Nunes' retirement.

Harrison competed in the featherweight division on one occasion, securing a victory over Courtney King through a second-round TKO in her Invicta bout.

The Harrison-Holm bout has the potential to be significant in the bantamweight division, especially considering Raquel Pennington's recent victory over Mayra Bueno Silva for the championship.