PFL (Professional Fighters League) is continually looking to prove it’s one of the biggest and best mixed martial arts (MMA) promotions on the planet.
With the promotion’s three 2022 playoff events beginning this Friday (Aug. 5, 2022), a bow will soon be tied on the third overall season in its existence. Come the start of 2023, the seasonal format will remain, however, the new pay-per-view (PPV) series will launch with two events per year featuring fighters exclusively signed for said events. Two-time PFL Lightweight champion, Kayla Harrison, is the first name to be announced as a PPV fighter.
This past offseason, Harrison was the big fish swimming in the free agency waters, and PFL managed to keep her on its roster. Now, as 2022 continues, another big name will soon be available after UFC 279 on Sept. 10, and that’s fan-favorite, Nate Diaz
Today (Weds., Aug. 3, 2022), PFL CEO Peter Murray spoke about the possibility of pursuing such a target.
“We’ll certainly continue to sign major fighters. Absolutely [we’ll talk with Diaz],” Murray said on The MMA Hour. “What is there to be ready for? We have capital, we have wherewithal and we’re not a regional player, we’re a global player. and now we’re investing in the future.”
Diaz isn’t the only one PFL has an interest in signing relatively soon. During the Harrison saga, the potential for a big showdown with current Bellator Featherweight queenpin, Cris “Cyborg” Justino, was something that nearly swept the Judoka away. Instead, PFL matched Bellator’s offer to Harrison and the hope is now to bring the legend over to the smart cage or at worst, co-promote with Bellator.
“Listen, I think that’s the fight that fans would like to see, that’s a fight that the PFL would like to get behind,” Murray said. “Kayla said she wants that fight, I think it’s gonna come down to Cris Cyborg. Does Cris Cyborg want that fight? And whether Cris decides to come over to PFL to make that fight and perhaps other fights happen, that’s one scenario and another scenario is a co-promotion. We’re proponents of both.
“Our understanding is she is a free agent,” he concluded. “We’d like to make that fight happen. There’s certainly been outreach, we’re looking forward to getting into it in earnest.”
Id love to see Cyborg crush Kayla. she needs some humbling
Vegito Is Shitty hes not fighting Jake or Mike Tyson
It’s whatever I’d get to watch him for free get easy W’s lol
Nate fights less in 5 years than one season over there
I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up with BKFC.
Cyborg, the reigning Bellator women’s featherweight champion, is currently one of the biggest free agents in MMA after her contract expired this summer following a successful title defense over Arlene Blencowe in Bellator 279. On Wednesday’s episode of The MMA Hour, PFL CEO Peter Murray said the promotion has reached out to Cyborg and still hopes to facilitate a deal that could lead to a matchup between her and PFL star Harrison, regardless of whether it’s under the PFL umbrella or as a co-promotion with Bellator.
“Listen, I think that’s the fight that fans would like to see,” Murray said on The MMA Hour. “That’s a fight that the PFL would like to get behind. Kayla said she wants that fight. I think it’s going to come down to Cris Cyborg — does Cris Cyborg want that fight? And whether Cris decides to come over to the PFL to make that fight and perhaps other fights happen, that’s one scenario. And another scenario is a co-promotion. And we’re proponents of both.
“Our understanding is she is a free agent. We’d like to make that fight happen,” Murray continued. “… There’s certainly been outreach. We’re looking forward to getting into it in earnest. … There’s no dancing [around it]. It’s n
Cyborg is currently MMA Fighting’s No. 3 ranked female pound-for-pound fighter in the world. She has been one of MMA’s most dominant forces for the past 17 years, with her loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 232 serving as her lone defeat since her 2005 professional debut. The 32-year-old has captured featherweight titles in the UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce and Invicta FC. Her April victory over Blencowe was the fourth defense of her Bellator belt.
Harrison is MMA Fighting’s No. 9 ranked female pound-for-pound fighter in the world. She, too, has been an overwhelming force since debuting in MMA in 2018. The two-time Olympic champion has won all 14 of her professional bouts and is the favorite to win her third consecutive PFL title in the promotion’s current lightweight tournament.
The two women have circled each other in recent years as the biggest fight available for either in the featherweight division outside of the UFC. Harrison even inked a deal with Bellator as a free agent in 2022, however that contract was ultimately matched by the PFL.
Murray on Wednesday echoed his desire to figure out a way to get Harrison vs. Cyborg done. He added that the PFL expects to be in talks with numerous other free agents as well, saying the promotion is looking forward to the opportunity to speak with Shane Burgos — who recently fought out his UFC deal with a win at UFC Long Island over Charles Jourdain — and hopes to be in the conversation for Nate Diaz as well following the UFC star’s UFC 279 main event on Sept. 10 against Khamzat Chimaev.
“Absolutely,” Murray said when asked if PFL can afford the likely lucrative price tag Diaz will command. “… We have capital, we have the wherewithal, and we’re not a regional player.
“Now we’re a global brand and we’re trusted. Earlier days, when we were just starting out, it was challenging. That’s OK, you’ve got to build trust, you’ve got to prove yourself, you’ve got to execute. And we have proven that we have a model that works and we’re built for the long term. And it’s now an alternative for, not just fighters who are on the come-up, but established fighters who are ranked in the top 10, the top five, the top three, and No. 1. So we’re here to stay, we’re here to play and compete, and not only are we going to develop our own talent through our system, we’ll certainly continue to sign major fighters.”ot a surprise, or it’s not new news that this is a fight to PFL would like to make happen or Kayla. And so I think in the coming weeks we’re looking forward to seeing what’s possible.”