NEW YORK – The Professional Fighters League recently announced its main event and full card matchups for PFL 6, taking place on July 1 at Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
The sport's most dominant woman, Kayla Harrison, will headline the event against one of the most accomplished women's MMA fighters, Canadian Julia Budd. Harrison, who remains undefeated in MMA competition, will take on Budd hoping to add to her regular season point total, while Budd, will likely have to defeat Harrison if she hopes to make the PFL Playoffs.
Rory MacDonald returns to the PFL SmartCage after a first-round stoppage that saw the "Red King" earn six points in his first bout of the season. MacDonald can clinch the No. 1 seed in the playoffs for the welterweight division with a stoppage win in any round. He squares off with Swedish striker Sadibou Sy. Sy will likely need a win to keep his 2022 PFL Playoff hopes alive.
Two-time PFL welterweight champion Ray Cooper III has his back against the wall, after failing to make weight before his first fight of the season. Cooper III faces MMA veteran Brett Cooper. The two-time champion will need to make quick work of a very savvy opponent if he hopes to head back to the postseason for the fourth time. Cooper is looking to bounce back from a loss at PFL 3.
In the main card opener, 2018 PFL welterweight champion Magomed Magomedkerimov and Brazilian Joao Zeferino are set to face off. Zeferino is coming off of a hard fought a split-decision loss to 2022 PFL Challenger Series contestant Dilano Taylor. Magomedkerimov, who is making his 2022 PFL regular season debut, will look for a repeat of 2021 when he was able to secure a playoff berth with a first-round finish in his only regular season bout.
"The final event of the 2022 PFL regular season promises non-stop action from the greatest athletes in the world," PFL CEO Peter Murray said. "The stakes remain high as the PFL playoffs approach, this is the action only the PFL can provide to MMA fans around the world."
"PFL 6 will showcase some of the best fighters in all of MMA," PFL president of fighter operations Ray Sefo said. "The welterweights and women's lightweight divisions will put on a spectacular event for PFL fans ahead of the playoffs."
The second half of the 2022 PFL season begins June 17 on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in primetime. The remaining regular season events will take place on June 24 and July 1. Tickets to see PFL live at OTE Arena in Atlanta are available now.
PFL is the first and only MMA league with a true sports-season format where elite fighters from around the world compete in a regular season, playoffs and championship. The four competitors in each division who earn the most points during the regular season, advance to the win-or-go-home playoffs, followed by the biggest night in MMA – the PFL world championship – with each winner going home with the $1 million prize.
The 2022 PFL 6 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET)
- Kayla Harrison vs. Julia Budd
- Rory MacDonald vs. Sadibou Sy
- Ray Cooper III vs. Brett Cooper
- Magomed Magomedkerimov vs. Joao Zeferino
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 5 p.m. ET)
- Jarrah Al Silawi vs. Magomed Umalatov
- Larissa Pacheco vs. Genah Fabian
- Nikolai Aleksakhin vs. Gleison Tibau
- Marina Mokhnatkina vs. Abigail Montes
- Martina Jindrova vs. Zamzagul Fayzallanova
- Olena Kolesnyk vs. Vanessa Melo