NEW YORK (June 1, 2022) –The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the fastest growing and most innovative sports league, today announced its main event and full card matchups for PFL 6, taking place on July 1 at Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The sport’s most dominant woman Kayla Harrison will headline the event against one of the most accomplished women’s MMA fighters, Canadian Julia Budd. Harrison, who remains undefeated in MMA competition, will take on Budd hoping to add to her Regular Season point total, while Budd, will likely have to defeat Harrison if she hopes to make the PFL Playoffs.
Rory MacDonald returns to the PFL SmartCage after a first-round stoppage that saw the “Red King” earn six points in his first bout of the season. MacDonald can clinch the #1 seed in the Playoffs for the Welterweight Division with a stoppage win in any round. He squares off with Swedish striker Sadibou Sy. Sy will likely need a win to keep his 2022 PFL Playoff hopes alive.
Two-time PFL Welterweight Champion Ray Cooper III has his back against the wall, after failing to make weight before his first fight of the season. Cooper III faces MMA veteran Brett Cooper. The two-time champion will need to make quick work of a very savvy opponent if he hopes to head back to the postseason for the fourth time. Brett Cooper is looking to bounce back from a loss at PFL 3.
In the main card opener, 2018 PFL Welterweight Champion Magomed Magomedkerimov and Brazilian Joao Zeferino are set to face off. Zeferino is coming off of a hard fought a split-decision loss to 2022 PFL Challenger Series contestant Dilano Taylor. Magomedkerimov, who is making his 2022 PFL Regular Season debut, will look for a repeat of 2021 when he was able to secure a playoff berth with a first-round finish in his only Regular Season bout.
“The final event of the 2022 PFL Regular Season promises non-stop action from the greatest athletes in the world,” said PFL CEO Peter Murray. “The stakes remain high as the PFL Playoffs approach, this is the action only the PFL can provide to MMA fans around the world.”
“PFL 6 will showcase some of the best fighters in all of MMA,” said Ray Sefo, President of Fighter Operations. “The Welterweights and Women’s Lightweight divisions will put on a spectacular event for PFL fans ahead of the Playoffs.”
The second half of the 2022 PFL Season begins June 17 on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in primetime. The remaining Regular Season events will take place on June 24 and July 1. Tickets to see PFL live at OTE Arena in Atlanta are available now.
PFL is the first and only MMA league with a true sports-season format where elite fighters from around the world compete in a Regular Season, Playoffs and Championship. The four competitors in each division who earn the most points during the Regular Season, advance to the win-or-go-home Playoffs, followed by the biggest night in MMA – the PFL World Championship – with each winner going home with the $1 million prize.
PFL is the #2 MMA company worldwide by all key metrics, including distribution reach, broadcast and streaming audience per event, and fighter roster quality. The PFL talent roster is world-class, with 25% of the fighters independently ranked in the top-25 of their respective weight class, including 2x PFL Champions Kayla Harrison and Ray Cooper III, former Bellator Champions Rory MacDonald and Julia Budd, and former UFC Champion Anthony Pettis.
ESPN Card (Simulcast on ESPN Deportes and ESPN+)
Kayla Harrison vs. Julia Budd
Rory MacDonald vs. Sadibou Sy
Ray Cooper III vs. Brett Cooper
Magomed Magomedkerimov vs. Joao Zeferino
Jarrah Al Silawi vs. Magomed Umalatov
Larissa Pacheco vs. Genah Fabian
Nikolai Aleksakhin vs. Gleison Tibau
Marina Mokhnatkina vs. Abigail Montes
Martina Jindrova vs. Zamzagul Fayzallanova
Olena Kolesnyk vs. Vanessa Melo
About Professional Fighters League
Professional Fighters League (PFL) is the fastest growing and most innovative sports league. PFL is the #2 MMA company worldwide and the only with the sports-season format where individual fighters compete in Regular Season, Playoffs, and Championship.
PFL is primetime in the U.S on ESPN and ESPN+ and broadcast and streamed worldwide to 160 countries with over 25 media distribution partners including Channel 4, DirecTV, RMC Sport, Eurosport, Sky Sports. The PFL roster is world-class, with 25% of PFL fighters independently ranked in the top 25 in the world. The PFL proprietary SmartCage data and analytics platform powers real-time betting and provides next-gen viewing experience.
PFL has over two-dozen blue-chip brand sponsors such as Anheuser-Busch, IBM, GEICO, DraftKings, Bose, Socios.com, Air Force Reserve, and US Marine Corps. PFL has raised $200 million of capital to date from major investors, including Ares, Luxor Capital, Waverley Capital, Elysian Park Ventures, Swan Ventures, Knighthead, Legends, and several NBA, MLB, and NHL team owners.
MMA is the growth sport of this decade, with 600 million fans worldwide, the youngest audience demo of any sport, and true global revenue streams.
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