‘Don’t get caught napping’: Pillow fighting enters combat sports arena

By: Reuters November 20,2021 - 09:28 AM
Fighters from Professional Pillow Fight Championship compete, in Delray Beach, Florida, U.S., October 23, 2021. Picture taken October 23, 2021. Owen Phillips/Professional Pillow Fight Championship/Handout via REUTERS

Fighters from Professional Pillow Fight Championship compete, in Delray Beach, Florida, U.S., October 23, 2021. Picture taken October 23, 2021. Owen Phillips/Professional Pillow Fight Championship/Handout via REUTERS

Pillow fighting is moving out of the bedroom and into the boxing ring when Pillow Fight Championship (PFC) holds its first live, pay-per-view event in Florida on Jan. 29.

Steve Williams, the man with the dream of turning childhood horseplay into a professional combat sport, said PFC delivers all the drama of hand-to-hand combat without the gore of mixed martial arts or boxing.

“It’s not something where you sit there and laugh and feathers are flying,” Williams, CEO of PFC, told Reuters.

“It’s serious. It’s hardcore swinging with specialised pillows.”

Although the male and female competitors in January’s event mostly hail from the cutthroat worlds of MMA and boxing, children will still sleep soundly after seeing the bouts.

“The only difference between our fights and MMA fights is that nobody gets hurt,” he said.

“The fighters don’t like to get hurt, and there’s a lot of people who don’t want to see the blood. They want to see good competition, they just don’t want to see the violence.”

The fact that so many people grew up bashing their siblings, friends and parents with pillows makes the sport relatable, which he hopes will help tap into a new audience.

“You can call it an alternative sport, but we think it’s going to have mainstream appeal,” he said.

“Think about how they mixed country music with rap music and brought these diverse audiences together. That’s what we’re doing, and we hope it brings in a different kind of viewer.”

The three-round bouts will be available to view on sports streaming platform FITE.

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