- The participants used mixed martial arts and specially designed pillows to attack their opponents
- The winning prize comprised a title belt and $5,000
- Brazil’s Istela Nunes won in the women’s category and Hauley Tillman, from US, won the in the male’s category
FLORIDA, USA – You probably had a pillow battle with your friends when you were a kid.
Some people may have grown out of that playful bit of fun, while others decided to turn it into a professional sport.
The Pillow Fight Championship (PFC) is a recognized sport in which two people compete within a ring with a comfortable-looking pillow.
It’s comparable to boxing, but you’re permitted to use a specialized PFC-branded pillow to utterly thump your opponent.
Pillow Fight Championship began ‘with an aim to produce a real fighting sport that would appeal to the international family audience by mixing the ancient weapon known as a ‘pillow’ with professional MMA competitors & boxers and stringent rules,’ according to their website.
Each battle consists of three two-minute rounds.
According to the PFC, they’ve “soon grown into a highly popular sport-based display complete with all the power, stamina, and strategic skills of the other more deadly combat sports but with a massive amount of fun.”
They pride themselves on having ‘all the thrill of a hand-to-hand combat fight without any blood and a lot more action’.
A PFC battle was held over the weekend in Florida, and the pay-per-view event featured 16 men and eight women competing for a title belt and a $5,000 cash prize.
Istela Nunes of Brazil won the women’s division, and American Hauley Tillman won the men’s. They have been crowned the first-ever PFC champions.
The competition has drawn some UFC stars, including Conor McGregor’s first opponent, Marcus Brimage, and Markus Perez.
But the new fighting style shown that there can still be some non-pillow-related argy bargy.
Perez was in the midst of a battle with MMA fighter and fitness coach Reggie Newsome when the latter misplaced his pillow.
Despite this, Perez proceeded to attack him, resulting in a heated brawl before a referee intervened to settle things down.
PFC CEO Steve Williams is optimistic that the sport will take off soon.
“The fighters don’t like to get hurt, and there’s a lot of people who don’t want to see the blood. They want to see good competition, they just don’t want to see the violence,” he said.
There will almost certainly be a slew of PFC competitions staged in the next months, and maybe we’ll see some extremely nasty strikes.