The PFL seasons have been host to many incredible stories, but perhaps its most fairytale run came by the hands of Peru’s Jesus Pinedo.
Seven months ago, Pinedo was unknown to the MMA world when he entered PFL’s 2023 featherweight tournament. Not only was he one of the lesser-known fighters, but many might’ve seen him as another body for some of the established names to get easy points and a highlight en route to the playoffs.
Pinedo, however, did not view himself in that light. He willed what many would’ve seen as a cheesy sports movie script into reality.
The PFL Featherweight Title 2023
“Honestly, I didn’t think about it until the following week,” Pinedo told MMA Junkie when asked about his remarkable run to becoming the 2023 PFL featherweight champion. “I was laying in bed, and I was thinking for a moment, and I said, ‘I wiped out the entire division.’
“I didn’t just win, I won decisively. I hadn’t thought about that aspect. I completed every fight. I’m happy about that because you can see the fruit of my sacrifice that I’ve been doing for many years. It wasn’t just this year, it’s work that dates years back.”
It was like something out of a film. Pinedo became this season’s featherweight champion after coming back from…