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Alex Rodriguez invests in mixed martial arts company

Alex Rodriguez is betting on the growth of mixed martial arts. The former MLB star is now a partial owner of the Professional Fighters League after he contributed to a $30 million funding round, the company said Thursday. Rodriguez joined media investment firm Waverley Capital in the raise and will have a seat on PFL’s board of directors. Terms of the investment were not disclosed. This marks the second recent pro sports investment for Rodriguez. He became a co-owner of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves in April 2021, joining former Walmart e-commerce executive Marc Lore to buy the franchise for a reported $1.5 billion. Through his A-Rod Corp. firm, he invests in UFC-branded gyms.
Davis called Rodriguez’s interest in PFL a “mutual attraction.” “Alex is building a business career in sports that he wants to equal his baseball career,” he said. Davis called Rodriguez “innovative in his approach to investing and building companies.” Rodriguez credited PFL’s global reach as a reason for the interest. The league says it has 600 million fans globally and PFL matches are distributed in 160 countries. “The PFL continues to build and innovate for fans, media, and fighters, and there is massive demand in the marketplace,” Rodriguez said in a statement.
Ariel Helwani: This is Myla Hill. She is 19. She just won her amateur MMA debut in Lakeland, Fla. She is also the daughter of basketball legend @realgranthill33. Incredible. (🎥 @mcarterwilliams) Grant Hill: 4 days later, and I’m still in awe of my daughter Myla’s performance in her first amateur MMA fight. She was focused, composed (which her mother and I were not before & during the fight), aggressive & clearly not afraid of the moment inside the octagon. #TeamMyla #ProudDad
Myla Hill made her amateur mixed martial arts debut on Friday night in Lakeland, Fla. at Rival Fight League: Halloween Havoc, taking on Jenna Loza. Hill didn’t waste any time getting the fight to the ground after landing a right hand, ending up in full mount. After landing a series of punches, Hill, who is the 19-year-old daughter of former NBA star Grant Hill, was able to lock in a tight rear-naked choke to force the very quick tap in the opening round.