Kayla Harrison twice received Olympic gold, hugged Mike Tyson after the previous heavyweight champ wrapped a title belt round her waist and walked out of the Professional Fighters League cage clutching an outsized $1 million checks.

Her largest reward, in an maturity full {of professional} triumphs, is from earlier this month: a second captured on Instagram by the 31-year-old Harrison the place she hugged daughter Kyla after her adoption grew to become official, a day the MMA star known as ” the best day of my life, by far.”

More finest days have been on the horizon: Harrison simply finalized the adoption of her son, Emery.

“YOU GUYS IM A MOM OF TWO!!!” she posted Monday on Instagram.

Somewhere in the course of adoption ceremonies, household days on the seaside and planning a celebration for her 3-year-old boy, Harrison retains doing what she does finest — profitable fights in PFL and proving she’s one of many fiercest fighters in MMA.

“I want to instill my will,” she stated.

Harrison (11-0) has fought 3 times already since May due to the PFL’s season format and a win Wednesday on ESPN in opposition to Taylor Guardado (3-1-1) would give her one other 155-pound championship and a second profession $1 million prize.

Her household life largely settled, Harrison’s skilled future is in limbo along with her PFL deal set to run out and questions raised about the place she’ll battle subsequent. Undefeated, sure. Untested? Well, the PFL girls’s division definitely isn’t as stout as UFC, and even Bellator, the place a possible big-money bout with Cris Cyborg may very well be within the playing cards. PFL, although, is the one main MMA promotion with a 155-pound girls’s division and it might be in Harrison’s finest curiosity to battle one other 12 months for giant cash for the corporate and drop a weight class — all to get her prepared for a peak free-agent 12 months in 2022.

With a giant choice forward, Harrison stated “she’s not even thinking” about 2022 and past.

“I’m trying to win a title fight, I’m trying to adopt these kids,” she stated, laughing.

But, if PFL isn’t prepared to pay its face of the promotion what Harrison feels she’s value, “then I have no doubt I’ll probably be the highest-paid free agent in the history of MMA.”

That’s a daring assertion, even from a fighter who hasn’t wanted to transcend the primary spherical seven occasions since her PFL debut in 2018.

Her unbeaten streak in all kinds stretches to 2016. No U.S. judoka — man or lady — had ever received Olympic gold earlier than Harrison beat Britain’s Gemma Gibbons to seize the ladies’s 78-kilogram-and-under division on the 2012 Olympics in London. She received gold once more 4 years later on the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Harrison has been open concerning the years of bodily and psychological abuse inflicted by a former coach main into the Olympics and she or he wrote a e-book about recognizing and overcoming the trauma. Through all of it, Harrison stated her religion has steadied her alongside the best way.

“I just have come to the understanding and realization that some stuff you just have to give to God,” she stated. “Some stuff you’re not going to be able to fix or solve or change, and you’re just going to really have that faith that it will all work out.”

Tragedy struck in late 2019 when Harrison’s mom had a stroke and her stepfather died months later, leaving Harrison’s younger niece and nephew with out a guardian (her sister was out of the image).

Harrison grew to become an instantaneous caretaker — and now, a mom.

Harrison is a part of a Sunday Bible group at her church in Coral Springs, Florida, and so they research Ecclesiastes and talk about the problem at occasions in holding the religion via extreme moments of doubt.

“Everyone was kind of sitting there and they all had this peace and they were like, God is good all the time,” she stated. “I have no doubt they all have struggles in their lives. It was toward the end and I was like, I don’t know about all of you, but this is really hard. I struggle with this every day. They’re like, no matter what, God’s got me. I’m like, what if I die? What happens to my kids? I know you’re saying God’s got this. But I’m literally their last hope. If I die, what happens to them? If I lose my fight? What happens? I understand we have to have this faith and we have to understand nothing matters but God, but I really struggle with it.”

She’s a fan of motivational speaker Tony Robbins and would like to share her inspirational story at considered one of his self-help seminars. Her message is a straightforward one:

“I have faith that God is moving in my life and doing things that I can’t even see,” she stated, “but the results are going to be worth it.”

Yes, that features her 2022 battle promotion, however ideas of signing with PFL or UFC are for one more day. Up first is a championship battle after which plans to unwind with a celebration celebrating her youngsters and her profession. She can afford the bash.

“I probably will have another million bucks in my back pocket,” she stated, laughing.