Fight Facts is a breakdown of all of the interesting information
and cage curiosities on every card, with some puns, references and
portmanteaus to keep things fun. These deep stat dives delve into
the numbers, providing historical context and telling the stories
behind those numbers.
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TOTAL NUMBER OF PFL FIGHTS: 778
TOTAL NUMBER OF PFL EVENTS: 83
Professional Fighters League Regular Season is now in the
books. A whole 61 fights completed the six-event qualifiers that
did not see 10 fights in every weight class for tourney purposes.
While confusing tiebreaker rules led to dispute as this event
proceeded, at night’s end, 24 fighters are now looking ahead
towards million-dollar checks.
PFL 6: 2022 Regular Season featured a foregone conclusion in
the main event, the beginning of a new era at 170 pounds and a
mid-card scratch from…the announcer?
O’Connell is PFL’s Best Investment: At the
conclusion of the prelims, announcer Lilian Garcia’s voice went
out, and she was forced to withdraw from calling the remainder of
the matches on the card. As a result, Garcia only called 55 of the
61 bouts this regular season, with former light heavyweight
champion, current play-by-play announcer and all-around talent
O’Connell taking over those duties for the night.
A Millionaire in Eight Rounds or Less: Kayla
Harrison blew through Kaitlin
Young in just over half a round to record the first-round
knockout. Now 14-0 as a pro with 11 finishes, Harrison claimed the
second seed at women’s lightweight and will meet Martina
Jindrova at the end of August.
Not These Slides Again: Harrison further pads her
litany of records across all World Series of Fighting-PFL women’s divisions
with her victory. She remains the winningest woman in company
history, with 13 triumphs coming under its banner.
Easiest Check to Cash in the Sport: The two-time
Olympic gold medalist broke a tie from earlier that night, as two
welterweight each picked their 12th respective wins on the fight
card. The 13 wins for Harrison places her alone in second place for
the most under the organization’s banner, trailing Lance
Harrison vs. a Men’s Lightweight, Make It Happen:
While she holds the women’s records for practically every category
including most finishes (10), most knockouts (five), most
appearances (13), most championship wins (three) and more, she has
tied a record regardless of gender for the most stoppages in
No Time to Waste: Of Harrison’s 10 finishes, eight
have taken place in the opening round. She further puts distance
between the next closest fighter, Vinny
Magalhaes, who holds six and is no longer on the PFL
Actively Discourages Betting: Taking on late
replacement Young, Harrison closed as a massive -3500 betting
favorite. This is not the highest she has been favored, as she was
-5000 against Bobbi Jo
Dalziel in 2019. However, Harrison has clocked in as a favorite
above -3000 five times in PFL, and she has won decisively every
Excellent Scorecards: After three grueling rounds,
Sy emerged victorious over Rory
MacDonald by decision. Sy picked up three points for a total of
six to earn a spot in the playoffs, and this two-fight win streak
marks the first time he has ever seen consecutive results of
win/lose/draw/no contest in his four-year tenure with the
He Says He Wasn’t Mad: Immediately after learning
he was no longer eligible for the playoffs, Ray Cooper
III went out and destroyed Brett
Cooper in 24 seconds with knees and punches. The stoppage for
“Bradda Boy” clocked in as the eighth fastest in organizational
history, one of two spots he now holds in that top 10.
Chasing Gaethje: The finish for Cooper was his
10th, setting a record that was tied by Harrison two fights later.
Eight of those have come by knockout, putting him one shy of
Gaethje’s all-time WSOF-PFL record.
MMK Strikes Back: Throughout his lengthy career
that began in 2008, Magomed
Magomedkerimov has suffered defeat six times. After every
single setback, “MMK” has rebounded to finish his next foe, now
including a second-round drubbing of Dilano
Taylor at PFL 6.
Flew the Coop: Barring an injury replacement where
he or Cooper III need to step in, this welterweight bracket will
not feature either Magomedkerimov or Cooper III for the first time
since the PFL began its tournaments. One of those two has won the
170-pound championship every year since its inception.
A Point Capturer, Not Point Fighter: Shortly after
the midpoint of Round 1, Larissa
Pacheco put Genah
Fabian away to claim the top seed at women’s lightweight.
Pacheco is the only fighter this season to earn the maximum of 12
points with two first-round stoppages.
She Missed Weight in 2021 to Lose Out: Throughout
the entirety of the PFL’s tournament system, only eight competitors
have ever scored 12 points for two wins in the opening round.
Pacheco has now done so twice, and she is only one to ever hit the
12-point cap multiple times, achieving this feat first in 2021.
See You Soon, Kayla: Of her 17 pro wins, the
Brazilian has recorded 16 of those by stoppage following her
beating of Fabian. She possesses an equal distribution of knockouts
to submissions, with her last four victories coming by first-round
What Is That International Flag Thing: Decimating
Al-Silawi with one punch and sliding into the playoffs as the
fourth seed, Magomed
Umalatov lifted his spotless record to 12-0. Eleven of those
for the Russian have come by stoppage, with 10 due to strikes.
Czech Off the Box: Martina
Jindrova, signed from the third Challenger Series episode,
pounded out Zamzagul
Fayzallanova to claim the No. 3 seed in her weight class. The
Czech fighter is the lone Challenger Series product to step in the
cage twice this season and pick up wins to reach the playoffs. Of
Leal Miranda did earn six points, but his second win came due
to a walkover in which he did not have to compete.
Empowered by Her People: A 15-minute effort
Melo allowed Helena
Kolesnyk to pick up the decision win and claim the bottom seed
in her bracket. The lone two decision victories of the Ukrainian’s
career have come in this tournament, with her past five wins
stoppages within two rounds.
Not Many Thrilling Ones There: Win or lose, Melo
has now gone the distance in her last 13 fights. This encompasses
her entire time with PFL as well as the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and several
fights before then.
Never Say Never Again: Coming into PFL 6: 2022
Regular Season, no WSOF-PFL competitor had ever strung together a
13-fight win streak (Harrison), no fighter had ever notched
multiple sub-30 second knockouts with the company (Cooper III) and
Fayzallanova had never dropped consecutive bouts (nine fights).