Pillow fighting has become a professional sport
When you were growing up, chances are you had a pillow fight with your friends.
Some people may have grown up because of this playful pleasure, but others have decided to make it a professional sport.
Introducing the Pillow Fight Championship (PFC), the legit sport that sees two people go head-to-head inside a ring with a comfortable pillow.
It’s very similar to boxing, but you’re allowed to use a specialized PFC-branded pillow to knock your opponent out.
According to their website, Pillow Fight Championship began “with the idea of developing a true fighting sport that would appeal to international family audiences by combining the ancient weapon known as the ‘Pillow’ with experienced MMA competitors and boxers. and strict rules”.
There are three two-minute rounds in each fight.
The PFC said they had “quickly evolved into a hugely popular sporting showcase, with all the strength, stamina and strategic skills of other more brutal combat sports, but with loads of fun”.
They pride themselves on having “all the thrill of bloodless hand-to-hand combat and a whole lot more action.”
A PFC battle took place over the weekend in Florida and the pay-per-view event and saw 16 men and eight women compete for their chance to win a title belt and a $5,000 cash prize.
Brazilian Istela Nunes won in the women’s competition and American Hauley Tillman in the men’s competition. They were officially crowned the first PFC champions.
The competition drew UFC stars including Conor McGregor’s first opponent, Marcus Brimage, and Markus Perez.
But the new fighting style proved that there could still be non-pillow bound argy bargy.
Perez was fighting MMA fighter and fitness trainer Reggie Newsome when the latter lost his pillow.
Despite this, Perez continued to attack him and it sparked a heated confrontation before a referee intervened to calm the emotions.
PFC boss Steve Williams hopes the sport will take off soon.
“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,” he said.
There will likely be a lot more PFC tournaments held over the next few months and hopefully we might see some absolutely brutal beatings.