PFL 3: Kayla Harrison begins quest for third consecutive PFL Championship live on ESPN2 and ESPN+ tonight, Friday May 6
Two-time PFL World Champion Ray Cooper III and Rory MacDonald are back as welterweight and women’s lightweight featured in PFL 3
Anthony “Showtime” Pettis to make 2022 PFL regular season debut
PFL 3 Airs Live Tonight Friday, May 6 at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+ (English and Spanish)
Then the action continues on ESPN2 and ESPN+ at 9 p.m. ET
The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the fastest growing and most innovative sports league, is scheduled for its third event of the 2022 regular season tonight, Friday, May 6, on ESPN2 and ESPN+. Fighters in the women’s welterweight and lightweight divisions will be looking to make a great first impression and earn valuable ranking points. Anthony “Showtime” Pettis will also make his 2022 debut in a lightweight division matchup against Myles Price.
PFL 2 starts at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+ (English and Spanish) then the action continues on ESPN2 and ESPN+ at 9 p.m.
Two-time PFL World Champion Kayla Harrison returns to the SmartCage to take on Sambo ace Marina Mokhnatkina in the main event. Harrison, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo, is a perfect 12-0 since switching to MMA in 2018 and has established herself as the top fighter in women’s MMA today. Mokhnatkina will have her hands full with Harrison looking to win her third consecutive women’s lightweight world title.
Ray Cooper III has been a mainstay of the PFL since his rookie season in 2018. The Hawaiian anvil-fisted slugger has appeared in the finals of each of the league’s three seasons, winning the coveted crown in 2019 and 2021. He will be looking to pull off a tripled in 2022 and his first opponent will be Carlos Leal. The Brazilian welterweight loves to throw and he’ll surely be compelled by one of MMA’s heaviest hitters in Cooper.
Pettis returns to the PFL for his second campaign in 2022. The MMA legend will face Irishman Myles Price in a lightweight match. Pettis had a rocky start to his PFL run, but he’s motivated and looking to redeem himself this regular season. Price, a fierce competitor looking to hoist the Irish flag in the PFL for the first time, will stand in his way.
Rory MacDonald saw his 2021 PFL run end in the semi-finals when he fell, by unanimous decision, to eventual champion Cooper III. The 32-year-old Canadian feels he still has plenty left and is about to prove he still belongs in the elite at 170 pounds. He’ll face a different Cooper this time around when he fights Brett Cooper, a veteran of over 40 professional MMA tilts. Cooper has heavy hands (18 KOs) and a ton of experience, but will that be enough to challenge one of the best welterweights the sport has ever seen? We will find out on Friday evening.
The live call to action will be play-by-play announcer and former world champion Sean O’Connell. He will be joined by Hall of Fame and MMA legend Randy Couture and one of the most popular personalities in MMA today, Kenny Florian.
ESPN2 and ESPN+ – 9 p.m. ET
Kayla Harrison vs. Marina Mokhnatkina
Ray Cooper III vs. Carlos Leal
Anthony Pettis vs. Myles Price
Rory MacDonald vs. Brett Cooper
Larissa Pacheco vs. Zamzagul Fayzallanova
ESPN+ – 6 p.m. ET
Dilano Taylor vs. Joao Zeferino
Genah Fabian vs. Julia Budd
Sadibou Sy vs. Nikolai Aleksakhin
Gleison Tibau vs. Jarrah Al Silawi
Olena Kolesnyk vs. Abigail Montes
Vanessa Melo vs. Martina Jindrova
About the Professional Fighters League
The Professional Fighters League (PFL) is the most dynamic and innovative sports league. PFL is the second largest MMA company in the world and the only one with the sports season format where individual fighters compete in the regular season, playoffs and championship.
PFL is in prime time in the US on ESPN and ESPN+ and was streamed and streamed live worldwide last year in 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. PFL’s proprietary SmartCage data and analytics platform powers real-time betting and delivers a next-generation viewing experience.
PFL has over two dozen premium 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.
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