From the comfort of the bedroom to the arena, Pillow Fighting has now entered the hall of professional combat sports.
The first-ever Professional Pillow Fighting Championship (PFC) took place in Florida on January 29, 2022. There were a total of 24 competitors, 16 men, and eight women. Contestants of the competition included a lineup of individuals who have a history in combat sport. PFC’s rules are simple:- in the squared circle, two competitors enter armed with a pillow. A contest consists of three rounds of 90 seconds duration each. Contestant laying the most strikers to the opponent in the face is determined as the winner.
PFC fighters at the maiden event included UFC fighters Marcus Brimage and Markus Perez, U.S. Marines Colton Cleveland and Vince Edme, Brazilian UFC combatant Istela Nunes. Istela Nunes and Hauley Tillman were crowned as champions in the women’s and men’s divisions, respectively. “There’s hardcore aggression with pillow fighting, but nobody gets hurt. A lot of people don’t want to see the blood and violence anymore,” said Steve Williams, the organizer of PFC to The Guardian.
Catch a glimpse of one of the recent bouts between Markus Perez with his signature face paint paying homage to Heath Ledger’s Joker vs a Jared Leto-inspired Santiago Seijo.
“It’s not something where you sit there and laugh and feathers are flying,” Williams, CEO of PFC, informed Reuters. “It’s serious. It’s hardcore swinging with specialised pillows”. He went on to mention “You can call it an alternative sport, but we think it’s going to have mainstream appeal”. More on this now professional sport can be found on their website here.
A Japanese version of this sport exists known as “Makura-Nage”. It is known for pillow throwing rather than fighting.
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