May 04, 2021
Kayla Harrison is the MMA star who featured on ‘Impractical Jokers’ and can laugh to the bank with second PFL $1m prize
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KAYLA HARRISON is the MMA star who featured on 'Impractical Jokers' and can laugh to the bank with a second PFL $1million prize cheque.
Harrison had just won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics in judo when she was approached by the comedians Joe Gatto, James 'Murr' Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano to feature on their TV show.5Kayla Harrison with Mike Tyson and PFL CEO Peter Murray 5Kayla Harrison on 'Impractical Jokers' with comedian James 'Murr' Murray 5Kayla Harrison twice featured on the comedy show
The grappling legend was then part of a forfeit which consisted of taking down Murr every time he approached her.
Despite years of competing at the highest level in MMA and judo, Harrison admits to never feeling nerves quite like starring on the improvised prank show.
She told SunSport: "It's so funny. I feel like every male from like 15-45 is a huge fan of that show.
"I was so nervous. I was like sweating, and I was just nervous as no one at the party knew what was going on.
"So I was like, 'What's going to happen?' But it all turned out really well I feel like.
"I actually went back and did another episode, they offered me a job and they wanted me to be in their movie.
"It was right during my debut, or that would have been pretty cool."
Harrison, 30, turned pro in MMA one year after her first Impractical Jokers appearance aired and signed for Professional Fighters League.View this post on Instagram
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PFL has a quarters, semis and final format, with the last two fighting for a life-changing $1m cheque.
Harrison in 2019 went all the way in the lightweight division and revealed the championship belt meant more to her than the cash prize at the end of it.
She said: "Obviously one million dollars is life-changing money, but I'm not motivated by money.
"It was the icing on the cake so to speak. I train to be the best possible version of myself and to be one of the best to ever do MMA.
"That's what I think about when I'm training that's what I think about when I'm fighting.
"I don't really think about the money. One thing my coach used to tell me when I was broke was, 'If you want money, win and they money will come'.
"I've followed that principle my whole life and it's worked out pretty well for me."5Kayla Harrison with her PFL lightweight beltCredit: @judokayla 5UFC legend Amanda Nunes with Kayla HarrisonCredit: @judokayla
Harrison is one of eight competitors featuring in the MMA league's 2021 season and kicks off her campaign on Thursday against Mariana Morais.
The two-time Olympic champion is already the face of PFL, and has spent years surrounded by the best in the world.
During her judo days, she trained with Ronda Rousey and now shares the American Top Team gym in Florida with two-division UFC champ Amanda Nunes.
Harrison has no problem in admitting team-mate Nunes has surpassed Rousey as the biggest women's star in MMA, but hopes to compete for that crown.
She explained: "I'd argue Amanda is that person right now, she's the champ champ, she's the greatest female fighter of all time.
"I'd argue she has filled that role, she's beaten everyone there is to beat.
"But of course, that's what I want. You don't train as hard as I do to be just somebody. I want to be the person, the it-girl in MMA."PFL plot UK debut to take 'innovative' NFL-style play-off format international
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Hollywood Elite, Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Slam Israel over Conflict with Gaza
Actors, popstars and Nobel Prize laureates have taken to social media to accuse Israel of “apartheid” and “crimes against humanity” for defending itself against the rocket barrage it faces from the Hamas terror group in Gaza.
Supermodel Gigi Hadid, whose father is Palestinian, wrote on Instagram to her 66 million followers: “One cannot advocate for racial equality, LGBT & women’s rights, condemn corrupt & abusive regimes and other injustices yet choose to ignore the Palestinian oppression.”
Her sister, Bella, posted to her 41 million followers a cartoon of two women talking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. One of the women asks, “So aren’t Israelis and Palestinians just fighting over religion?” to which the other woman responds: “They are not ‘fighting,’ Israelis are the oppressors and Palestinians are the oppressed and the situation is about anything but religion.”
The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Malala expressed her “solidarity” with the Palestinians and called Israel’s actions a crime against humanity.
“After decades of oppression against Palestinians, we cannot deny the asymmetry of power and the brutality from Israeli airstrikes on women and children in Gaza,” she said.
Lena Headey, the British actor best known for her role as Cersei Lannister on “Game of Thrones,” retweeted multiple posts from an anti-Zionist writer including one with a picture of a boy holding a Palestinian flag and the accompanying text, “Zionist Israeli Apartheid”.
Another read: “This is not a Jewish state but an apartheid Zionist regime … this is a colonisation of ethnic cleansing upon an oppressed and imprisoned group of people.”
Actor Mark Ruffalo tweeted: “1500 Palestinians face expulsion in #Jerusalem. 200 protesters have been injured. 9 children have been killed. Sanctions on South Africa helped free its black people – it’s time for sanctions on Israel to free Palestinians. Join the call.”
Share the truth pic.twitter.com/GYD8SZu2jS
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) May 13, 2021
Popstars including BDS overlord Roger Waters and Dua Lipa — who is dating the Hadids’ younger brother, Anwar — also posted anti-Israel posts. Halsey tweeted: “It is not ‘too complicated to understand’ that brown children are being murdered + people are being displaced under the occupation of one of the most powerful armies in the world. It is willful ignorance to conflate these simple horrors with religion + geopolitics.”
Malik, an actress and comedian who has starred in over a dozen Pakistani and Bollywood films, posted a series of tweets Tuesday celebrating the terror directed against Israel — including one that quoted Hitler as saying: “I would have killed all the Jews of the world … but I kept some to show the world why I killed them.”
According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Malik also tweeted “#IronDome is doomed” with a laughing emoji, in an apparent reference to the fact Israel’s missile defense system has been overwhelmed by rockets fired from Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The tweets had been taken down as of Wednesday, the report said.
Trevor Noah, who was only slightly more nuanced, devoted nearly ten minutes on the “The Daily Show” to talking about it. “If you start from ‘Israel fired rockets into Gaza,’ well then Israel is the bad guy … but then you take a step back in time and you go, ‘Well Hamas fired rockets at Israel,’ then Hamas is the bad guy.” Noah went on in this fashion until he reached the 1948 war.
One of the sole voices to express support for Israel, while not outrightly condemning Hamas was Israeli-born actress Gal Gadot, most famous for her role as Wonder Woman. Still, Gadot did not issue an outright condemnation of Hamas but is nevertheless facing an outcry for her relatively neutral post.
“My heart breaks,” she wrote in a post shared on Twitter and Instagram. “My country is at war. I worry for my family, my friends. I worry for my people. This is a vicious cycle that has been going on for far too long. Israel deserves to live as a free and safe nation, our neighbors deserve the same. I pray for the victims and their families, I pray for this unimaginable hostility to end, I pray for our leaders to find the solution so we can live side by side in peace. I pray for better days.”
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) May 12, 2021
Despite blocking comments on both social media platforms, the post garnered close to 130,000 quote tweets which in turn sparked a firestorm.
“Gal Gadot is wrong. Israel is not at ‘war’ with Palestine. Israel is butchering Palestine. Again,” tweeted musician James Kennedy. “Israeli soldier turned Hollywood’s Wonder Woman multimillionaire Gal Gadot sends meaningless thoughts and prayers as the Israeli apartheid regime she supports ethnically cleanses Palestinians and bombs Gazans in an open-air prison camp.”
“Reminder Gal Gadot served in the IDF for two years where she not only witnessed the ethnic cleansing of Palestine firsthand but also actively supported it,” wrote another user. “How can you advocate to stop the vicious cycle of terror when you are standing on the frontlines enabling it #FreePalestine.”
Israeli soldier turned Hollywoods Wonder Woman multimillionaire Gal Gadot sends meaningless thoughts and prayers as the Israeli apartheid regime she supports ethnically cleanses Palestinians and bombs Gazans in an open-air prison camp
(She also blocked response to this tweet) https://t.co/AbirG7z3jX
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) May 12, 2021
Gadot’s army service, as that of all Israelis, was mandatory.
The tweets come as rockets from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip continue to rain down on Israel, prompting retaliatory strikes by the Israeli military. Thursday afternoon saw a fresh barrage of more than 100 rockets launched at Tel Aviv and other cities in the center of the country.
The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted about 90 percent of the Gaza-launched rockets targeting population centers in Israel.
Around one fifth of the 1,850 rockets over the past two days fell short of their target and landed within Gaza, the IDF said. More than 80 Palestinians have been killed by retaliatory Israeli airstrikes, Gaza’s Hamas-run Health Ministry said.
According to the IDF, dozens of those killed were members of terrorists, some of whom were actively launching attacks on Israel when they were killed.
Others, including at least three children, were killed by errant rockets that fell short of their target, Israel and a Palestinian human rights group, Defense for Children, said.
Seven Israelis have been killed from rocket fire, including a soldier who was hit by an anti-tank missile, a five-year old boy, two elderly women, and an Arab Israeli and his daughter.