Yes, 2022 was a year to remember for the PFL.
Fight Promotion hosted its first pay-per-view event, introduced a new competition where undiscovered talent competed for PFL contracts, and continued to make fighters millionaires by competing in the November season finale, which was crowned in November . Introduced 6 new champions. . If you know who the UFC is, the PFL is definitely #2 in the MMA industry.
So let's see why 22 is so massive for PFL;
The biggest disappointment. Kayla Harrison vs Larissa Pacheco
Larissa Pacheco stunned the fighting world by knocking out one of the baddest women in the world, two-time PFL bantamweight champion Kayla Harrison. Pacheco, who had previously fought Harrison twice and lost both times, won the lightweight crown by unanimous decision over Harrison on November 26 at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden and before the first PFL payday.
The smartest money. PFL teams with A-Rod
Former Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has clashed over the future of the PFL. Rodriguez has joined the MMA league and is taking part in a $30 million funding round, the company announced in May. The round was led by Waverley Capital, investor Edgar Bronfman Jr. a media-focused venture capital fund.
Biggest Achievement: Shane Burgos
When MMA free agent Shane Burgos announced his move from the UFC to the PFL in August, it was as iconic a moment for the PFL as any. The signing of Burgos was a breakthrough. He indicated that the highly marketable fighter was ready to leave the UFC to find another path to riches and fame, and that path is the PFL. Even UFC president Dana White lamented Burgos' departure, saying, "We screwed him over."
Best Submission: Stevie Ray's Body Triangle
Stevie Ray knocked out Anthony "Showtime" Pettis in a sensational and disgusting feat at PFL 5 in June; body triangle. It was the biggest win of Ray's career. Then, in an even bigger victory two months later, he defeated Ray Pettis again by unanimous decision in the PFL Featherweight semifinals.
The biggest meaning. PFL Latin America
In February, PFL and DIRECTV announced a multi-year deal for media rights in Latin America. Under the terms of the agreement, DIRECTV will be the exclusive provider of PFL content to millions of MMA fans in Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay. The DIRECTV deal includes localized content in Spanish and Portuguese.
Best Knockout: Rory McDonald via Dylano Taylor
Dylano Taylor defeated No. 1 heavyweight at PFL 8 in August by first-round TKO Rory Macdonald, fighting on short notice when Magomed Umalatov was denied a visa to fight in Wales. It looks like:
That shot propelled Taylor into November's playoff finals to win the title and $1 million. But he couldn't do much with an attack on Sadibu Sai, who beat Taylor on points in the final.
meeting of the year. Bubba Jenkins vs. Brendan Loughnane
It was a war. Brendan Loughnane and Bubba Jenkins engaged in a heated battle for the 2022 PFL Featherweight title, with Loughnane eventually winning by TKO in the fourth round. The fight featured Loughnane's up-and-down offense mixed with thunderous leg kicks and dazzling punch combinations. The game also revealed something else: Jenkins' warrior heart.
Biggest Event: PFL Challenger Series
The PFL kicked off 2022 by airing the Challenger Series on eight Friday nights. The series featured "undiscovered" talent competing for a PFL contract. Fans took to Twitter to vote on which fighters deserved the deal, and a panel of celebrities recommended who should be signed to the league. The second season of the PFL Challenger series begins on January 27 and will be broadcast exclusively on Fubo Sports Network every Friday night until March 17.