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For at least two people on the planet, those pre-teen Saturday morning sibling pillow fights proved to be both beneficial and a sign of things to come. Last weekend, one man and one woman became the inaugural Pillow Fighting Champions, and they each took home $5000 as a reward.
Add that to the list of things Jimmy G’s yet to win…
In case you forgot, Pillow Fight Championship (PFC) pits two fighters squaring off against one another through three two-minute rounds. Each fighter is equipped with a PFC-branded pillow, a busted ego, and a dwindling bank account. The “sport” resembles boxing, with the fighters inside a squared ring and events available for purchase on pay-per-view.
There’s a good chance Jake Paul’s next opponent will have a PFC fight or two under his belt.
On Saturday evening, the PFC hosted 16 men and 8 women to determine the first ever champion. PFC decided to hold the signature event in hillbilly heaven — or “Florida,” as it’s known to locals.
Things got crazy when the Jokers Markus Perez and Santiago Seijo battled at PFC Pound Down!#mma #combatsports #pillowfight pic.twitter.com/nUxP0NKqML
— PFC: Pillow Fight Championship (@FightPFC) January 30, 2022
A crowd of what looks like tens of people poured into PFC Arena in Miami Lakes to watch grown men and women settle their differences with feathers and fury. For those who couldn’t squeeze into PFC Arena to watch the slumber party in person, the event was also available on PPV for considerably less than the average post-bar Taco Bell run, $12.99.
Hauley Tillman lost a shoe but kept on fighting on his path to becoming Men’s PFC Champion. pic.twitter.com/4TheG1Hzlt
— PFC: Pillow Fight Championship (@FightPFC) January 31, 2022
“Think about how they mixed country music with rap music and brought these diverse audiences together,” said PFC CEO Steve Williams. “That’s what we’re doing, and we hope it brings in a different kind of viewer.”
Steve need not worry. Any viewer shelling out 13 bones to watch this can be described in a number of ways, and “different” is certainly one of them.
For those of you who missed SportsCenter over the weekend, household names Istela Nunes of the women’s competition and Hauley Tillman of the men’s took home the title and cash.
The only question left unanswered is whether the inaugural Pillow Fighting Championship will propel the sport to the mainstream. Don’t sleep on it.
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