Professional Fighters League (PFL) MMA Format, Roster, Schedule And Free-TV Model Revealed

Forbes 5 months ago

Jake Shields is one of the biggest and most accomplished fighters on the PFL's roster for its inaugural season

There's a new mixed martial arts organization set to start this summer, and it's called The Professional Fighters League (PFL).

The Professional Fighters League (PFL) will follow a "true sport" format with individual fighters, which means, it's not another promotion offering one-off events. The fighters will compete in a regular season, playoff and a season-ending championship event for all six of the league's weight classes on New Year's Eve. There will be a total of 11 events with 126 fights scheduled.

Perhaps what's most appealing to fans is the fact that all of the action will be free to watch.

The season begins on June 7th from the Madison Square Garden Theater and it will be broadcast by NBCSN and Facebook Live. In fact, the entire regular season will air on NBCSN on Thursdays. The weekly event will be called "MMA Night in America," as the league stakes claim to a day of the week that is currently uninhabited by any other MMA organization.

“We are looking forward to the start of the first ever 2018 PFL season on NBCSN,” said Jon Miller, President of NBC Sports. “MMA fans now have regularly scheduled exciting live fights on Thursday nights throughout the summer. The PFL win and advance true sports format will be game-changing for MMA."

There will be 72 fighters spread across the six divisions hailing from 13 countries. The finale will see $10 million awarded (the largest tournament prize pool in the history of MMA) with $1 million apiece going to each of the six winners of the championships.

Here is a rundown of all 72 fighters included in the inaugural season. Fans of mixed martial arts will immediately recognize some of the names on the list.

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