PFL 3: Kayla Harrison Begins Quest for Third Straight PFL Championship Live on ESPN2 and ESPN+ Tonight, Friday, May 6

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PFL 3: Kayla Harrison Begins Quest for Third Straight PFL Championship Live on ESPN2 and ESPN+ Tonight, Friday, May 6

Two-Time PFL World Champion Ray Cooper III and Rory MacDonald Return as Welterweights and Women’s Lightweights to be Featured at 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 set for its third 2022 Regular Season event tonight, Friday, May 6, on ESPN2 and ESPN+. Fighters across the Welterweight and Women’s Lightweight divisions will look to make a strong first impression and earn valuable points in the standings. Anthony “Showtime” Pettis will also make his 2022 debut in a Lightweight division matchup against Myles Price.  

PFL 2 begins 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 face Sambo ace Marina Mokhnatkina in the main event. Harrison, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo, is a perfect 12-0 since making the move 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 who will be looking to claim her third consecutive Women’s Lightweight World title.    

Ray Cooper III has been a mainstay in the PFL since its first season in 2018. The anvil-fisted Hawaiian slugger has been to the final in each of the league’s three seasons, claiming the coveted crown in 2019 and 2021. He’ll look to notch a hat trick in 2022 and his first opponent will be Carlos Leal. The Brazilian Welterweight loves to throw down and he will surely be obliged by one of MMA’s heaviest hitters in Cooper.    

Pettis returns to the PFL for his second campaign in 2022. The MMA legend will square off with Ireland’s Myles Price in a Lightweight matchup. Pettis had a rocky start to his PFL run but is motivated and looking for redemption this Regular Season. Standing in his way will be Price, a dogged competitor looking to hoist the Irish flag in the PFL for the first time.    

Rory MacDonald saw his 2021 PFL run come to an end in the semifinals when he fell, by unanimous decision, to the eventual champion Cooper III. The 32-year-old Canadian feels he has plenty left in the tank and is poised to prove he still belongs among the elite at 170-pounds. He’ll face a different Cooper this time around when he duels with Brett Cooper, a veteran of more than 40 professional MMA tilts. Cooper has some heavy hands (18 KO’s) and a ton of experience, but will that be enough to challenge one of the best welterweights the sport has ever seen? We’ll find out Friday night.    

Calling the live action will be play-by-play announcer and former world champion, Sean O’Connell. He’ll be joined by Hall-of-Famer and MMA legend Randy Couture and one of the most popular MMA personalities 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 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.    

PFLmma.com; Instagram (@PFLmma); Twitter (@PFLMMA); Facebook (/PFLmma)  

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As I write this on 11-11-21, it's now 35 years for me at ESPN, the only real job I’ve ever had. I joined merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at all of $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville, Darlington, Indy and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals, Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, my main areas are tennis, UFC, boxing, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including more than 30 of the Year in Review press releases.
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