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PFL 6: Kayla Harrison continues quest for third title against Kaitlin Young

The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the fastest growing and most innovative sports league, is set for its final 2022 Regular Season event this Friday, July 1 live from OTE Arena in Atlanta, GA airing on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+. Fighters across the Men’s Welterweight and Women’s Lightweight divisions will look to earn valuable points in the standings in their last chance to secure a 2022 PFL Playoff berth. 

PFL 6 begins at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+ (English and Spanish) with continuing action on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and simulcast on ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET Coverage begins with the live Pre-Fight show at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

Two-time PFL World Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison return to the SmartCage looking for a third PFL Playoff berth. The undefeated Harrison will square off with MMA veteran Kaitlin Young who replaces an injured Julia Budd. Young, a veteran of 25 professional fights, with eight knockout victories, will look to strike with the woman many feels is the best all-around fighter in women’s MMA today. Harrison will look to take a step closer to her third PFL World Championship.

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In his first contest of the season, Canadian MMA icon Rory MacDonald made quick work of Brett Cooper with a first-round submission. The “Red King”, who sits atop the Welterweight standings, will now face off with rangy striker Sadibou Sy of Sweden. Sy earned a hard-fought decision over Nikolai Aleksakhin earning three points in the process, but he will need another win if he hopes to head back to the postseason.

Ray Cooper III will look to do the impossible for a second straight year. After missing weight in his first fight of the 2022 PFL Regular Season, Cooper III will have to score an early stoppage to have a chance at a fourth Playoff berth. Standing in his way will be veteran Brett Cooper. After a defeat in his first season fight, Cooper has redemption on his mind heading into PFL 6 this Friday night.

Larissa Pacheco sets back into the PFL SmartCage looking for her fourth straight first-round knockout and a return trip to the Playoffs. Pacheco squares of the tough Genah Fabian. Pacheco is looking to vault to the top of the standings and attempt to take home her first PFL World Championship and the $1 million prize.

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Magomedkerimov was originally slated to face Joao Zeferino at PFL 6. Zeferino did not weigh in and has been replaced by Dilano Taylor who has 3 points in the Welterweight standings. Nikolai Aleksakhin withdrew from his bout after weighing in and will not compete on the card. Carlos Leal receives an automatic 3 points in division standings.

Calling the live-action will be a play-by-play announcer and former world champion, Sean O’Connell. He’ll be joined by Hall-of-Famer and MMA legend Randy Couture and one of the most popular MMA personalities today, Kenny Florian.

PFL 6 Fight Card:

  • Kayla Harrison vs. Kaitlin Young
  • Rory MacDonald vs. Sadibou Sy
  • Ray Cooper III vs. Brett Cooper
  • Magomed Magomedkerimov vs. Dilano Taylor
  • Larissa Pacheco vs. Genah Fabian
  • Jarrah Al Silawi vs. Magomed Umalatov

ESPN+ Card

  • Marina Mokhnatkina vs. Abigail Montes
  • Martina Jindrova vs. Zamzagul Fayzallanova
  • Olena Kolesnyk vs. Vanessa Melo

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