Pillow fight comes out of the bedroom, now a professional combat sport – News

The Pillow Fighting Championships were held in Florida where 16 men and eight women competed for the titles

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By web office

Published: Mon 31 Jan 2022, 08:32 PM

Pillow fighting, which has long been a sleepover favorite, is now a professional sport.

The Pillow Fighting Championships (PFC) took place in Florida on January 29, 2022, where 16 men and eight women competed for the two highest titles.

The men’s team saw martial artist Hauley Tilman defeat two former UFC fighters Markus “Maluko” Perez and Marcus Brimage, to win one of two $5,000 prizes.

The women’s team saw UFC strawweight Istela Nunes become the first-ever PFC women’s champion.

Photo: Reuters

Photo: Reuters

Both sides involved heated battles minus all the gore, which is the main attraction of this sport.

“Fighters don’t like to get hurt, and there are a lot of people who don’t want to see blood. They want to see good competition; they just don’t want to see violence.

Photo: Reuters

Photo: Reuters

“Think about how they’ve mixed country music with rap music and brought those diverse audiences together. That’s what we’re doing, and we’re hoping it will attract a different kind of viewership,” explained CEO Steve Williams. of the Pillow Fight Championships, on the official FightPFC website.

The sport, which now boasts some of the toughest fighters from other martial arts disciplines, is growing steadily, not only in America but also in other parts of the world, such as Japan, where it is a national level championship. In an age of blood sports, pillow fights take a non-violent approach while incorporating entertainment and fun value. Gradual acceptance of this unique sport played with specialized pillows is following suit.

Ruth J. Leeds