Bedroom pillow fighting has been turned into a professional combat sport as athletes competed in the ring in Florida, US. The Pillow Fight Championships (PFC) was held in Florida on January 29, where 16 men and eight women fought for the two titles. The participants used mixed martial arts and specially designed pillows to attack their opponents. The bracket styled tournament was introduced as a pay-per-view tournament.
The winning prize comprised a title belt and $5,000 (roughly Rs 3.73 lakhs). In the women’s category, Brazil’s Istela Nunes defeated American Kendahl Voelker, while Hauley Tillman from the US won the top spot after defeating Marcus Brimage. “PFC delivers all the drama of hand-to-hand combat without the gore of mixed martial arts or boxing. The only difference between our fights and MMA fights is that nobody gets hurt,” Steve Williams, CEO of PFC, told new agencies.
“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,” he added.
People around the world have grown up bashing their siblings, friends and parents with pillows, which makes the sport relatable.
“About time this universal sport was given the respect it deserves. This should be included in Olympics,” was the popular tweet after the championship.