Exclusive Caroline Pearce Interview:
Caroline Pearce is a former International heptathlete and a former TV Gladiator when the show was revived for Sky One and since retiring from her sport Caroline has established herself as a respected TV sports anchor, reporter, commentator and event host.
As well as her sports and TV career Caroline is also a published author and nutrition consultant with a First Class Honours Degree in Sports Science and Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Loughborough University.
Caroline is known to MMA fans for her work for BT Sport and Fox Sports, and she has also landed herself a new role for the PFL MMA Promotion.
Here is my exclusive interview with Caroline.
Fightpost: You recently announced that you will be working for PFL MMA, what will your role be
Caroline: Yes that’s right. We kick off June 7th in New York Madison Square Gardens. I’ll be presenting the pre and post fight shows on Facebook Watch and then reporting backstage during the fight night itself for NBS Sports Network.
Fightpost: For those who might not know, what exactly is the format for the promotion
Caroline: It’s an actual league which runs much like a league in other sports. There are 72 fighters, 6 weight classes, competing in the regular season on Thursday nights in June, July and August. The top 8 in each weight class face off in single elimination playoff fights on Saturday nights in October and then the season concludes December 31 with six championship bouts back to back with a $10 million prize pool. It’s an exciting format which sees the fighters fight multiple times. All of those I’ve spoken to are excited about being so active, especially those from wrestling backgrounds who are used to this. The one thing however is they can’t use elbows at all this season!! Too big a risk of being cut open and affecting their continuation in the league!
Fightpost: There are plenty of other well known people from the MMA involved, so it looks like it will be well promoted and professionally run
Caroline: Yes absolutely. I’m super excited to work with the legends Randy Couture, Bas Rutten and Yves Edwards as well as WSOF commentator Todd Harris who has so much knowledge and experience. The whole team and set up is very professional. During our media get together I was so impressed with the set up. They really are taking things to the next level and you’ll see that in the coverage.
Fightpost: In regards to the fighters involved, there are some familiar names taking part
Caroline: There are several former UFC stars such as Jake Shields, Rick Story, Will Brookes, Ramsey Nijem and Eddie Gordon to name just a few as well as several fighters who have been champions in other organizations from WSOF to Bellator. Lots of talent. The was the regular season works is that each show is focused on just two weight classes at a time so you can really see how they stand on the leaderboard regarding points as the season gets underway. No need for popularity contests or calling people out here as the results will purely dictate who progresses.
Fightpost: The sport is still relatively new but with the new UFC/ESPN TV deal and even BBC Radio 5 broadcasting the Till V Thompson fight it looks as though it will grow further still
Caroline: The sport has grown so much even in the 5 years I’ve been covering it and it’s continuing to break through barriers and ceilings. BBC Radio 5 covering UFC Liverpool is a big deal and from what I’ve read of UFC/ESPN TV deal they will be reaching an even bigger audience digitally. It’s an exciting time to be involved and see the sport I’ve grown to be so passionate about becoming more mainstream.
Fightpost: The UFC hits Liverpool this weekend for the first time, and it promises to be some atmosphere
Caroline: It’s going to be crazy!! I’m in Liverpool right now and I think we can expect a noise in the Echo Arena to rival that in Dublin when Conor McGregor headlined. The Liverpudlians are certainly very passionate about fighting and with the Champions League Fingal taking place the night before the city is going to be buzzing!!
Fightpost: If you had to pick one moment from your time in MMA, which truly stands out what would it be
Caroline: Oh gosh so many!! But the one that comes to mind right now is standing in MGM Grand Garden Arena listening to Sinead O’Connor sing Conor’s walkout song live as he got set to face Chad Mendes for the interim featherweight title. That sent shivers down my spine. A second stand out moment was the Robbie Lawler vs Rory McDonald war that same night I believe! I’ve never been so gripped to every move of a fight!!
Fightpost: Thank you so much again for the interview, its now our 3rd, and especially this one as it is right bang in the middle of a busy fight week for you.