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PFL 3: Kayla Harrison welcomes Marina Mokhnatkina, Ray Cooper III takes on Magomed Umalatov

Newly resigned PFL women’s lightweight champion Kayla Harrison’s quest for a third consecutive title begins on May 6 in Texas.

The company announced the full card for the second leg of the season, PFL 3, which is scheduled for May 6 at the Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

“Fight fans around the world will be thrilled with the action and night of champions we have lined up for PFL 3 on May 6,” PFL CEO Peter Murray said in a press release. “The return of the most dominant woman in MMA Kayla Harrison, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis seeking redemption, and the greatest Welterweight division in the entire sport led by Ray Cooper III and Rory MacDonald makes this one of the best MMA cards of the year.”

“May 6 is set to be one of the most action-packed regular season cards in PFL history,” PFL president of fighter operations Ray Sefo added. “I cannot wait to see returning champions Kayla Harrison and Ray Cooper III as well as elite fighters Rory MacDonald and Anthony Pettis begin their journey to the PFL Playoffs.”

Harrison (12-0-0) has been on a roll, both personally and professionally. After defending the title last year, she was wined and dined by the UFC and Bellator in the offseason in the hopes of being signed, then resigned with the PFL as the heavy favourite to lock in her third consecutive world title.

But the PFL has had difficulty finding competition for Harrison, who has won the last two championships in relatively simple fashion. The signing of former Bellator featherweight champion Julia Budd (16-3-0) last September is expected to help balance out the division.

In the meantime, Harrison will take on six-time world Sambo champion and two-time European Sambo champion Marina Mokhnatkina (6-2-0) at PFL 3.

Mokhnnatkina is also an eight-time Russian national Sambo champion who will be moving up from 135 pounds, but has previously competed at featherweight in Bellator.

The co-main event features Ray Cooper III, who also defended his title consecutively last year, taking on undefeated Russian Magomed Umalatov.

A successful season will see Cooper match Harrison with a third straight title at welterweight

Meanwhile, former Bellator champion and UFC welterweight contender Rory MacDonald will make his debut against American Brett Cooper, while former UFC champion Anthony Pettis will square off against Irish challenger Myles Price.

The 2022 PFL Season begins April 20 on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in primetime. The remaining regular season events take place on April 28, May 6, June 17, June 24, and July 1.

The PFL has a regular season, playoffs and championship format. The four competitors in each division who earn the most points in the regular season advance to the win-or-go-home playoffs, followed by the PFL World Championship – with each winner going home with the $1-million prize.

Full Card:

ESPN2 Card

Kayla Harrison vs. Marina Mokhnatkina
Ray Cooper III vs. Magomed Umalatov
Anthony Pettis vs. Myles Price
Rory MacDonald vs. Brett Cooper

ESPN+ Card

Magomed Magomedkerimov vs. Joao Zeferino
Genah Fabian vs. Julia Budd
Sadibou Sy vs. Nikolai Aleksakhin
Larissa Pacheco vs. Zamzagul Fayzallanova
Gleison Tibau vs. Jarrah Al Silawi
Olena Kolesnyk vs. Abigail Montes
Vanessa Melo vs. Martina Jindrova


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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