Alex Rodriguez Invests, Joins PFL Board Of Directors

Baseball legend Alex Rodriguez has joined up with the Professional Fighters League (PFL). CNBC is reporting that Rodriguez, along with investment firm Waverley Capital, invested a total of $30 million in funding for the league. Rodriguez will have a seat at the PFL’s board of director’s table after the investment. The exact terms of the…

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Baseball legend Alex Rodriguez has joined up with the Professional Fighters League (PFL).

CNBC is reporting that Rodriguez, along with investment firm Waverley Capital, invested a total of $30 million in funding for the league. Rodriguez will have a seat at the PFL’s board of director’s table after the investment.

The exact terms of the investment were not fully disclosed. Rodriguez has been very busy in terms of sporting investments. Back in April of 2021, he and Walmart e-commerce executive Marc Lore jointly purchased the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves for a sum of $1.5 billion.

This also isn’t Rodriguez’s first venture into the world of mixed martial arts (MMA). Through his A-Rod Corp. firm, the baseball star has also invested in UFC-branded gyms. Spotrac reports that the 46-year-old Rodriguez earned more than $450 million throughout his 22-season MLB career.

As of this writing, PFL is valued at more than $500 million, which is up from $400 million in 2021. PFL is expected to use the funds from Rodriguz and Waverley for global expansion, as well as targeting free agents from the UFC, per PFL founder and Chairman Donn Davis.

“Alex is building a business career in sports that he wants to equal his baseball career,” Davis said. He went on to call Rodriguez “innovative in his approach to investing and building companies.”

PFL claims to have 600 million fans globally, and distribution in 160 different countries. This was a big point of interest for Rodriguez and his decision to invest in the promotion.

“The PFL continues to build and innovate for fans, media, and fighters, and there is massive demand in the marketplace,” Rodriguez said in a statement.

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Collard Headlines, Stephens Features As PFL 4 Pairings Announced

The second round of this year’s Professional Fighters League regular season is set to get underway next month, and will first see Clay Collard headline PFL 4 opposite Alexander Martinez. After the completion of the first go-around, the lightweights and light heavyweights are set to return for their sophomore outings of 2022. They’ll take to…

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The second round of this year’s Professional Fighters League regular season is set to get underway next month, and will first see Clay Collard headline PFL 4 opposite Alexander Martinez.

After the completion of the first go-around, the lightweights and light heavyweights are set to return for their sophomore outings of 2022. They’ll take to the PFL cage again on June 17 inside Atlanta’s OTE Arena.

The card, which was confirmed by the promotion on Wednesday, includes a host of widely-recognized names looking to better their chances of playoff qualification.

In the main event spot, Clay Collard (21-9-1) will headline for the second time this season. Having spoiled the debut of former UFC champion Anthony Pettis in 2021, the 29-year-old played a similar role at PFL 1 last month, outpointing Jeremy Stephens in a three-round war that will be worthy of its inevitable place in the Fight of the Year conversation at the end of 2022.

Opposite Collard as he looks to at least double his three-point tally on June 17 will be Alexander Martinez (9-2-1). The Paraguayan opened his 2022 PFL account with a unanimous decision victory over Stevie Ray last time out.

The other PFL 1 headliner, former UFC veteran Stephens (28-20-1), will be opening the PFL 4 main card. If he’s to record his first victory in his new promotion, and snap his seven-fight run without a win, he’ll have to get past “Magic” Myles Price (11-8). The Irishman also lost his matchup at this year’s curtain-raiser, falling via first-round submission against Pettis, who will be competing next on June 24 against Scotland’s Ray.

Elsewhere on the main slate, 2021 PFL Lightweight Champion Raush Manfio (16-3) will look to continue the momentum from his come-from-behind TKO win against Don Madge when he shares the cage with fellow opening-round victor Olivier Aubin-Mercier (14-5).

Meanwhile, last year’s light heavyweight titleholder Antonio Carlos Jr. (14-5-2) has been paired with PFL Challenger Series winner Bruce Souto (15-4). While “Cara de Sapato” will be looking to add to the six points he secured courtesy of a 29-second submission at PFL 1, “Soldado de Cristo” will look to register his first points in the promotion at the second time of trying.

Check out all the fights set for PFL 4 on June 17 below:

Preliminary Card – 7PM ET/4PM PT (ESPN+)

Marthin Hamlet vs. Josh Silveira (light heavyweight)

Robert Wilkinson vs. Viktor Pesta (light heavyweight)

Emiliano Sordi vs. Delan Monte (light heavyweight)

Natan Schulte vs. Marcin Held (lightweight)

Omari Akhmedov vs. Teodoras Aukstuolis (light heavyweight)

Main Card – 10PM ET/7PM PT (ESPN & ESPN+)

Jeremy Stephens vs. Myles Price (lightweight)

Raush Manfio vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier (lightweight)

Antonio Carlos Jr. vs. Bruce Souto (light heavyweight)

Clay Collard vs. Alexander Martinez (lightweight main event)

Which fight are you most looking forward to at PFL 4?

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Anthony Pettis Is Back To Enjoying Process Of Fighting Following PFL 3

Anthony Pettis had a smile on his face for the entirety of PFL 3 fight week in Arlington, TX. Through Media Day, to the weigh-ins, and more. After appearing to be in the best state mentally and emotionally in a long time, Pettis put it all together with a first-round submission of Myles Price on…

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Anthony Pettis had a smile on his face for the entirety of PFL 3 fight week in Arlington, TX. Through Media Day, to the weigh-ins, and more.

After appearing to be in the best state mentally and emotionally in a long time, Pettis put it all together with a first-round submission of Myles Price on Friday night.

Pettis secured his first submission win since 2018 when he finished Michael Chiesa at UFC 226. He’s looking for a season of vengeance in 2022 after falling short in his debut PFL season last year.

Just minutes after his first PFL victory, Pettis spoke about how he embraced the moment as he made his walk to the cage to begin his revenge tour.

“Seeing those fans out there, I almost wanted to cry,” Pettis told MMA News during his PFL post-fight press conference. “The emotion of having that energy again, I haven’t felt that in a long time. The emotion of the fans there. That’s what I feed off of, my name is ‘Showtime’ for a reason. Fans are there, the lights are on, I turn into ‘Showtime’.”

Pettis fell well short of expectations in 2021, suffering losses to Clay Collard and Raush Manfio. After being dubbed by many as the favorite to win the PFL lightweight title, he failed to make the playoffs and saw an early exit from the beginning of his PFL tenure.

Pettis signed with the PFL last year following title runs in the WEC and UFC. He was one of the biggest stars in the UFC during his lightweight title reign, which began with a win over Benson Henderson at UFC 164.

When Pettis is in the right mindset, he remains one of the most dangerous competitors in the sport. After earning six points and taking the early lead in the PFL lightweight standings, he’ll look to bring plenty of encores for ‘Showtime’ going forward.

What were your thoughts on Anthony Pettis’ performance at PFL 3?

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Kayla Harrison On Cris Cyborg Bout: The Ball’s In Her Court

Two-time PFL champion Kayla Harrison is focused on a third league title and not a potential crossover superfight against Cris Cyborg. Harrison earned a unanimous decision victory over Marina Mokhnatkina at PFL 3 in Arlington, TX on Friday night. Many fans and pundits expected her to make quick work of Mokhnatkina, who proved to be…

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Two-time PFL champion Kayla Harrison is focused on a third league title and not a potential crossover superfight against Cris Cyborg.

Harrison earned a unanimous decision victory over Marina Mokhnatkina at PFL 3 in Arlington, TX on Friday night. Many fans and pundits expected her to make quick work of Mokhnatkina, who proved to be a tougher test than most anticipated.

Harrison’s first win of 2022 was the culmination of weeks and months of speculation during her widely-publicized free agency. A major talking point was a potential fight against Cyborg in either Bellator or a cross-promotional bout.

During her PFL 3 post-fight press conference, Harrison put Cyborg in the rear-view mirror as she moves ahead in the 2022 season.

“On to the next fight,” Harrison told MMA News and other media outlets. “My focus isn’t on Cyborg right now. Obviously, a season with four fights in four and a half months is grueling, it’s a grind. I see a lot of areas where I need to keep getting better, so my focus is on me. Not on Cyborg. I’m tired of talking about her, tired of thinking about her. Now she’s going to be a free agent, the ball’s in her court. If she wants this fight, she knows where I’m at.”

Despite hinting that she feels a fight with Cyborg is inevitable, Harrison seems to be re-focused on the next chapter of her PFL tenure. She re-signed with the league earlier this year after the PFL matched an offer from Bellator.

Harrison had also been linked to a potential fight against Amanda Nunes before Nunes lost her UFC bantamweight title to Julianna Peña.

An interesting element of the discussion is the PFL’s new pay-per-view division that is scheduled to launch next year. Harrison will surely be a big factor in the division’s launch, and a fight with Cyborg could be in the works to kick things off.

Do you think Kayla Harrison could beat Cris Cyborg?

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PFL 3 Results & Highlights: Harrison Remains Undefeated, Pettis Wins

PFL 3 took place tonight and featured the women’s lightweights and men’s welterweight divisions, capped off by Kayla Harrison making her season debut against Marina Mokhnatkina! Also in action was last year’s welterweight season winner Ray Cooper III taking on Carlos Leal (16-3). Former UFC champ Anthony Pettis also competed tonight when he sought out…

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PFL 3 took place tonight and featured the women’s lightweights and men’s welterweight divisions, capped off by Kayla Harrison making her season debut against Marina Mokhnatkina!

Also in action was last year’s welterweight season winner Ray Cooper III taking on Carlos Leal (16-3). Former UFC champ Anthony Pettis also competed tonight when he sought out his first PFL victory against Myles Price (11-7), who last competed in 2019 in a split-decision victory over Peter Queally.

MMA legend Rory MacDonald also made his season debut against veteran Brett Cooper (28-15).

You can stay up to speed on the latest PFL standings right here.

You can catch all the highlights and results from PFL 3 below, followed by the quick results!

Larissa Pacheco def. Zamzagul Fayzallanova 

Rory MacDonald def. Brett Cooper

Anthony Pettis def. Myles Price 

Carlos Leal def. Ray Cooper III

Kayla Harrison def. Marina Mokhnatkina

PFL 3 QUICK RESULTS

PFL 3 MAIN CARD (ESPN2, ESPN+)

Kayla Harrison def. Marina Mokhnatkina via unanimous decision (30-27×3)

Carlos Leal def. Ray Cooper III via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-27)

Anthony Pettis def. Myles Price via submission (mounted triangle choke): R1, 4:17

Rory MacDonald def. Brett Cooper via submission (rear-naked choke): R1, 2:23

Larissa Pacheco def. Zamzagul Fayzallanova via TKO (strikes) R1, 1:25

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+ 6:00 PM ET)

Dilano Taylor def. Joao Zeferino via split decision (29-28×2, 28-29)

Genah Fabian def. Julia Budd via unanimous decision (29-28×3)

Sadibou Sy def. Nikolay Aleksakhin via split decision (29-28×2, 27-30)

Jarrah Hussein Al-Silawi def. Gleison Tibau via split decision (29-28×2, 27-30)

Helena Kolesnyk def. Abigail Montes via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)

Martina Jindrova def. Vanessa Melo via unanimous decision (30-27×3)

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Kayla Harrison Says She Never Wants To Be A Free Agent Again

PFL women’s lightweight champion Kayla Harrison enjoyed a first in her career with her widely-publicized free agency process, but she doesn’t want to repeat it. Harrison was in talks with the UFC, Bellator, and the PFL for the past few months regarding her next MMA venture. Despite hopes from some fans that she would make…

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PFL women’s lightweight champion Kayla Harrison enjoyed a first in her career with her widely-publicized free agency process, but she doesn’t want to repeat it.

Harrison was in talks with the UFC, Bellator, and the PFL for the past few months regarding her next MMA venture. Despite hopes from some fans that she would make the move to the UFC, she opted to stay at home and re-sign with the PFL.

Harrison will make her 2022 PFL season debut this Friday night against Marina Mokhnatkina in the PFL 3 main event. She’s looking to become a three-time PFL champion after defeating Taylor Guardado in last year’s championships.

During her PFL 3 pre-fight media day press conference, Harrison explained just how much of a relief it is to focus on fighting and put the business side of the sport in the rear-view mirror.

“Obviously, free agency was a little bit chaotic, and up and down, highs and lows. I will tell you that I never wanna be a free agent again. Ever,” Harrison told MMA News and other media. “I’m the type of person who… I need a goal, I need something to wake up for. I need that bit in my mouth. So going that long without a fight, without a contract was a bit frustrating for me. Just draining and exhausting.

“So, to be back doing what I love is the most important thing. I get to do it with the company that I believe in and they believe in me I think. We’ve already done great things, we’ve already shattered ceilings, and I feel like we’re going to do even better things in this next contract.”

Harrison had been linked to a potential matchup with Cris Cyborg in Bellator before ultimately returning to the PFL. She had also been connected to a superfight against Amanda Nunes in the UFC before Nunes lost the title to Julianna Peña at UFC 269.

Harrison hasn’t closed the door on a fight with Cyborg happening down the line, but for now, she’ll look to continue to dominate the competition in the PFL. She has GOAT aspirations and knows that wins over Cyborg and Nunes will without a doubt give her that moniker.

While Harrison enjoyed the added attention as we all naturally do, she’s glad to focus on continuing to develop her game and be one of the biggest stars in women’s MMA today.

Do you think Kayla Harrison will ever fight in another promotion?

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