Kilkenny professional MMA athlete Myles Price (11-7) will be making his Professional Fighters League debut in Arlington, Texas, next month.
When he does, he’ll be stepping into the cage against a household name in MMA circles, Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis.
Having spent a decade under the UFC banner including a stint as the UFC lightweight champion, Pettis (24-12) signed a multi-fight deal with PFL though failed to register a win on the 2021 season, dropping losses to Clay Collard (decision) and Raush Manifo (split decision).
While Price hasn’t fought competitively since his Bellator 217 win over Peter Queally in February 2019, Pettis has been quite the active competitor including wins over Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and Alex Moreno, while dropping a decision loss to Nate Diaz on the UFC 241: Cormier v Miocic 2 card in 2020.
Regardless of who has faced who and when, it still comes down to one-v-one when the cage door closes, something we’ll be discussing on All Things MMA this week.
So when do they fight?
With the PFL running as a league, Price gets to fight on the opening show of the season with a packed card of lightweight and light-heavyweight action.
The first show of the 2022 calendar gets underway on Wednesday 20 April at the Esports Arena, Arlington, Texas. The second half of the regular season for lightweights picks up at the Overtime Elite Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday 17 June.
With the announcement of an exclusive deal in February, Irish fight fans will be able to follow the action on Channel 4 with the fights being broadcast to 160 countries via ESPN, ESPN+ and other broadcast partners.
Full Card: PFL 2022 Season Round 1
Raush Manfio vs. Don Madge
Anthony Pettis vs. Myles Price
Antonio Carlos Jr. vs. Delan Monte
Clay Collard vs. Jeremy Stephens
Emiliano Sordi vs. Joshua Silveira
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. TBA
Marthin Hamlet vs. Teodoras Aukstuolis
Omari Akhmedov vs. Viktor Pesta
Robert Wilkinson vs. Bruce Souto
Alexander Martinez vs. Stevie Ray
About PFL and the 2022 season
The Professional Fighters League boasts a roster of the biggest names in MMA who will compete in the 2022 Regular Season. 2021 PFL Champions Kayla Harrison and Ray Cooper III will be joined in Regular Season competition by an exciting roster of which approximately 50% are fighters new to PFL, creating first-time fights and fresh competition.
PFL is the first and only MMA league with a true sports-season format where elite fighters from around the world compete in a Regular Season, Playoffs and Championship. The four competitors in each division who earn the most points advance to the win-or-go-home Playoffs, followed by the biggest night in MMA – the PFL World Championship – with each winner going home with the $1 million prize.
“After our renewal with ESPN, the Professional Fighters League Season is back and we’re excited to bring the best fighters in the world to Arlington and Atlanta,” said PFL CEO Peter Murray.
“The PFL continues to disrupt the sport of MMA with our unique season format, innovative SmartCage technology and elite talent, with 2022 set to be our biggest year yet.”