Hilo, Hawaii’s Brandon Sayles to join Professional Fighters League’s 2021 season

Brandon “Man of War” Sayles, 39, of Hilo, Hawaii, United States has joined the Professional Fighters League. The Hawaiian mixed martial artist and U.S. Army Combatives instructor will make his PFL debut in 2021.

Born in Hilo on April 23, 1981, Sayles won the U.S. Army Combatives championship title in the heavyweight division in 2006, 2008 and 2009. He did not hold the title in 2007 because he was deployed in Iraq with 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division.

Sayles was a staff sergeant stationed at Fort Benning in Georgia, USA. Before joining the heavyweight roster of the PFL, he competed in Dana Pitcher Productions, Xtreme Fighting Championships, National Fighting Championship and Conflict MMA Promotions.

With a professional MMA record of 5 wins and 1 loss, Sayles held three titles namely the NFC Super Heavyweight Championship, the NFC Heavyweight Championship and Conflict MMA Heavyweight Championship. He stands 6’5″ and has a 100 percent finishing rate with all of his career wins coming via stoppage.

When Sayles made his professional MMA debut on January 15, 2010 at “DPP: The Real Deal,” he knocked out Arnold Adams, 35, of Oak Forest, Illinois, USA in the first round. On December 2, 2011, the Hawaiian MMA fighter knocked out Imani “The Juggernaut” Lee, 43, of Burbank, California, USA in the first round at “XFC 15: Tribute.”

On February 10, 2012, Sayles had his first professional MMA loss in the hands of Chase Gormley, 37, of Los Angeles, California, USA via unanimous decision at “XFC 16: High Stakes.” The Hilo native went on hiatus from 2013 to 2016 and returned in 2017 with two wins by submitting Robert “Maravilla” Neal, 36, of Jefferson, Georgia at “NFC 91” and knocking out Adrian “A-Train” Henderson, 41, of Columbia, South Carolina at “Conflict MMA 43” both in the second round.

The 2021 PFL season marks Sayles’s comeback. In his most recent bout, which was at “NFC 103” on January 27, 2018, he submitted Dexter “Bolo” Carthon of Atlanta, Georgia in the second round.


In the U.S., ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ will give fight fans live broadcast of the 2021 PFL season, which will begin in April 2020. The events will also be broadcast by premium sports networks in 160 countries around the world.

“PFL is a global brand with distribution to over 160 countries and top talent from around the world are recognizing the unique opportunity PFL provides in terms of competing on the biggest stage against the best competition for an equal shot at a title and life-changing money,” PFL chief executive officer Peter Murray said. “We are committed to consistently elevating our roster and we’re excited about the depth of talent that will be on display in 2021. Through PFL Studios and our wide network of distribution partners, we look forward to telling their stories and documenting each individual’s journey to the top of the sport.”

2 replies »

  1. I am one of his coaches. He is currently still in the Army, a Sergeant First Class, and the head of the Army Combatives Program.


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