See the MMA community’s thoughts on the 2022 PFL Championships — the PFL’s first attempt at a pay-per-view card.
The PFL ended its 2022 campaign with a bold move, as its 2022 PFL Championships card, which took place on Nov. 25 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, marked the first time the promotion attempted a pay-per-view broadcast.
Following a five-fight preliminary card that aired on ESPN+, topped by Marlon Moraes vs. Sheymon Moraes, the promotion presented the six-season title fights — plus a women’s featherweight showcase bout featuring Julia Budd and Aspen Ladd — exclusively on ESPN+ pay-per-view for $49.99.
While the PFL has its fanbase, unique season-and-playoff format, and $1 million prizes for the tournament champions, the decision to mark up the event as a pay-per-view for that price has been considered questionable among fans and pundits.
Ultimately, the PFL Championships card had its highlights and a great quality of fights; however, the $49.99 price tag still seemed to be a concern after the event’s conclusion.
The event caused further debate after its main event when Kayla Harrison — considered the face of the PFL — lost for the first time in her MMA career when she dropped a unanimous decision to Larissa Pacheco.
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The co-main event of the PFL PPV card featured Brendan Loughnane defeating Bubba Jenkins to capture the PFL featherweight championship.
Other champions crowned this evening included Ante Delija (heavyweight), Olivier Aubin-Mercier (lightweight), Sadibou Sy (welterweight) and Rob Wilkinson (light heavyweight).