Kayla Disappoints As PFL Hosts Second Half Of 2022 Season In Atlanta

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May 25, 2022,

If you look up the description of the Professional Fighters League (PFL), in terms of the scribes, whoever they are and whatever they say, they will invariably say they signed Kayla Harrison.

She is their main female star.

If you look up the description of Kayla Harrison, after all of the salad on her glorious resume is presented, they will say she is the top female fighter in the PFL.

Kayla Harrison and the PFL are synonymous.

Finally sewn together at the hip.

So, based upon her May 6, 2022 performance, which even she was disappointed with, the Boo Birds are flapping their wings.

Kayla (13-0 MMA) stared down Marina Mokhnatkina (6-3 MMA) at PFL 3 in Arlington, Texas. To the surprise and disappointment of many, the three round matchup went the distance, and Kayla

earned a unanimous decision victory.

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Regarding disappointments, perhaps the most notable quote came from the highly ranked UFC middleweight fighter, Sean Strickland.

The team at bjpenn.com shared, Watching Kayla Harrison struggle with this low level girl just reminds me why she’s not in the UFC. Stay in the PFL take your easy W’s in the scrub league.”


Could any of you help us interpret what Mr. Strickland is trying to say? It wasn’t direct enough for us.

Well, maybe we can get some help by looking at online comments. Here are two:

If she struggles with this girl, just imagine the competition level in the UFC women’s division.”


“Kayla Harrison is definitely not ready to compete in the UFC because if she were to compete in the UFC she would’ve lost and got outclassed by any top UFC Contenders including a UFC Champion and if she were to fight both Amanda Nunes and Cris Cyborg she would unfairly get demolished.”

We think we finally get the point.

Scrub league? Appears a little harsh.

Here are some big name women who didn’t qualify for a PFL contract.

Julia Dorny is a German athlete, media scientist, journalist and television presenter who has won various World and European Championships in three martial arts disciplines.

She is the only female athlete in the world who has won championships in judo, mixed martial arts and sumo wrestling. She was the first German woman to become MMA European Champion and MMA World Champion in featherweight within the IMMAF amateurs.

Ms. Dorny sought a contract but lost her competition, so she didn’t qualify.

Claressa Shields is an American professional boxer and mixed martial artist.

She has held multiple world championships in three weight classes, including the undisputed female light middleweight title since March 2021; the undisputed female middleweight title from 2019 to 2020; and the unified WBC and IBF female super middleweight titles from 2017 to 2018.

Ms. Shields currently holds the record for becoming a two and three-weight world champion in the fewest professional fights.

As of November 2020, she is ranked as the world’s best active female light middleweight by The Ring and BoxRec, as well as the best active female boxer, pound for pound and ESPN, second by The Ring, and fourth by BoxRec.

Claressa is the only boxer in history, female or male, to hold all four major world titles in boxing—WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO—simultaneously, in two weight classes.

In a decorated amateur career, Claressa won gold medals in the women’s middleweight division at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, making her the first American boxer to win consecutive Olympic medals.

In her PFL competition, she lost to a 22 year old.


So, maybe the PFL is not the UFC. Most of us acknowledge that, but they do attract top talent and, in our opinion, are relentless in terms of trying to improve.

We will keep watching and we suggest you do as well.

There is major PFL News.


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Apr 28, 2022, 11:00 ET

World’s greatest fighters look to punch their tickets to the 2022 PFL Playoffs

PFL MMA to host events on June 17, June 24 and July 1 live on ESPN networks and streaming platforms

NEW YORK, April 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the fastest growing and most innovative sports league in the world, today announced that the second half of its 2022 Regular Season will be hosted at Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta and air live on ESPN and ESPN+ in primetime. Tickets will go on sale the week of May 9 with more details to be announced shortly.

The final three events of the regular season take place on June 17, June 24, and July 1 as fighters across the league’s six weight divisions look to punch their tickets to the 2022 PFL Playoffs.

“Following an electrifying start to the 2022 PFL Regular Season, we’re excited to announce that the Professional Fighters League will host three events at Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta on June 17, 24 and July 1,” said PFL CEO Peter Murray. “Atlanta is a leading sport, culture, and entertainment hub and we’re looking forward to working with a disruptive partner like OTE to bring the best MMA fighters in the world to the city.”

Overtime Elite is a transformative new basketball league created by Overtime, the leading brand for the next generation of sports fans, that offers the world’s most talented young basketball players a better pathway to becoming professional athletes. Situated in a 103,000 square-foot facility, headquartered at Atlantic Station, the league offers a year-round development program combining world-class coaching, cutting-edge sports science and performance technologies, top-notch facilities, and a rigorous, highly personalized academic program that enhances each athlete’s journey from proficiency to pro.

The 2022 Professional Fighters League Regular Season kicked off in thrilling fashion last week with elite competitors across the Light Heavyweight and Lightweight divisions facing off in the SmartCage, headlined by Clay Collard defeating Jeremy Stephens in an action-packed brawl. Tonight, the Featherweights and Heavyweights make their season debuts starting at 6:30 pm ET on ESPN+, before the main card action begins at 9 pm ET on ESPN2.

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 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.

Professional Fighters League is the No. 2 MMA company globally and features an elite talent roster. PFL has live event coverage in 160 countries on leading distribution platforms and delivers a unique, innovative product to MMA fans around the world.

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 was broadcast and streamed live worldwide last year to 160 countries with partners including RMC Sport, FPT, Sky Sport, and more. 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, US Marine Corps, and more. PFL is backed by major investors including Ares Capital, Luxor 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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About Overtime Elite  

OTE (Overtime Elite) is a transformative new sports league that offers the world’s most talented young basketball players a better pathway to becoming professional athletes, while engaging and inspiring a new community of digitally native fans.

OTE (pronounced Oh-Tee-E) provides a comprehensive accelerator for elite players’ professional careers. The league offers a year-round development program combining world-class coaching, cutting-edge sports science and performance technologies, top-notch facilities, and a rigorous, highly personalized academic program that enhances each athlete’s journey from proficiency to pro.

About Overtime  

Overtime is the leading brand for the next generation of sports fans. In just five years, Overtime has built a community of over 65 million followers. The brand spans multiple verticals including basketball, football, soccer, gaming, sneakers, and business units including sponsorship, e-commerce, licensing and owned leagues.

Based in NYC, Overtime is funded by top VC firms, industry leaders, and athletes, including Andreessen Horowitz, Spark Capital, Sapphire Sport, Bezos Expeditions (the personal investment company of Jeff Bezos), Micromanagement Ventures (the family of the late David Stern), Black Capital, Morgan Stanley Counterpoint Global, Blackstone Strategic Partners, PROOF, Gaingels, Alexis Ohanian, Drake, and 30+ NBA stars including Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant.

SOURCE Professional Fighters League (PFL)

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