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Professional Fighters League Announces World’s Only Mixed Martial Arts League


New League Brings Championship Format to MMA
Season Debuts in January 2018 with $10 Million Prize Pool


WASHINGTON, DC and LAS VEGAS — Today, the Professional Fighters League announced the formation of the world’s only mixed martial arts (MMA) league. The new league will debut in January 2018 with a $10 million prize pool across seven weight classes. The Professional Fighters League purchased the fighting operations and event infrastructure of the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) earlier this year.

Russ Ramsey, Executive Chairman, Professional Fighters League, described the new league as a transformative moment for MMA: “The Professional Fighters League brings a proven sports format that fans love and athletes respect to MMA for the first time. Featuring a regular season, post-season, and championship structure, the launch of the Professional Fighters League continues the evolution of MMA into a professional, mass-market, prime-time sport for a global audience.”

The new league is open to all professional MMA fighters worldwide. Fighters will participate in one of seven weight classes and compete in regularly scheduled fights throughout a season. At the end of the regular season, fighters with the best records will advance to a “win-or-go-home” post-season playoff tournament. Each tournament winner in the seven weight classes will be named the Professional Fighters League season champion and collect a $1 million cash prize. An additional $3 million will be shared between other regular season and playoff competitors.

The Professional Fighters League format gives every fighter an equal and fair shot, and provides fans the excitement and transparency of a true sport.

Ray Sefo, President, Fighting Operations, Professional Fighters League added: “All fighters deserve to control their own destiny, to win or lose on their own merits. There are thousands of professional MMA fighters, and yet in the entire history of the sport, only a handful of these athletes have ever fought for $1 million. We are proud to offer that opportunity to every fighter in the Professional Fighters League.”

The new league will also deliver a more accessible, engaging and innovative experience for new and current fans of MMA.

Carlos Silva, President, Event Production and Business Operations, Professional Fighters League said: “Our experience and product – in the arena, on TV, and through digital – will connect MMA fans to our fighters and the sport they love in unique and innovative ways. Over the coming months we’ll be announcing more details on how we’re transforming the MMA experience for fighters and fans.”

Professional MMA athletes interested in information about joining the league should contact Ray Sefo at the email provided below, or visit www.ProfessionalFightersLeague.com for more information
 

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This is legit retarded.
pretty much. trying to treat mma llike the NFL or NBA? Jesus how stupid do you have to be?

Not to mention the reason a league format doesn't exist is because the sport isn't NEARLY deep enough to run like that, and it wouldn't warrant the silly tirades and junior high drama the UFC brings out.

it's not a league, it won't be a league, it can't be a league and gain and audience
 

SandyWH

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So its basically the original Bellator tournament format?
Yeah that didn't work out so well.

I like it in theory, but injuries, money, and seedings just screw the whole thing up.
 

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What was the other promotion that was a league? And had teams and jerseys?
 

SandyWH

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I wonder if current fighters had to renegotiate their deals?
I think this can work. Maybe not as idealistically as they laid it out. But if they seed the fighters I think they can build new stars if they have an upset or two along the way.
 

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PFL launches with Jon Fitch vs Brian Foster at Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

http://www.mmaweekly.com/pfl-launches-with-fitch-vs-foster-at-coke-zero-400-at-daytona

Professional Fighters League, together with Daytona International Speedway and NBC Sports Group, recently announced that Professional Fighters League: Daytona will take place on Friday, June 30 as part of the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola at the “World Center of Racing.” The event, which will be held in the UNOH Fanzone following the completion of the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race, will bring elite MMA talent and the excitement of televised fights to Daytona International Speedway, and will set the stage for the Professional Fighters League’s January 2018 debut in a showcase of what’s to come.

“In this first-of-its-kind partnership, the Professional Fighters League inaugural event at Daytona will bring fans of MMA and stock car racing together – both of whom thrive on intensity and high-stakes competition,” said Carlos Silva, President, Event Production and Business Operations, Professional Fighters League. “This is the first in a series of innovative and groundbreaking league initiatives from the Professional Fighters League, and we’re proud to kick it all off at one of racing’s most iconic venues.”

NBCSN will televise the two-hour event live and admission for guests will be included in the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 race ticket.

“Partnering with Professional Fighters League and NBC Sports brings added entertainment to the already busy Coke Zero 400 Weekend,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. “Race fans have a contagious passion and dedication to the sport of NASCAR, and we are looking forward to bringing them the excitement, thrill, and talent of professional MMA at the renowned Daytona International Speedway.”

Professional Fighters League: Daytona will feature three three-round bouts and one five-round main event. Each fight will factor into the league rankings when it officially begins in January 2018, and the winner of the main event will be awarded the #1 seed for his weight class. The eight fighters competing at Daytona will be among the first fighters signed to compete in the inaugural 2018 Professional Fighters League season. The first Professional Fighters League championships will be awarded in December 2018 to the fighters who emerge victorious after the post-season tournament. The final champions of the World Series of Fighting will be honored at an event this fall.

Professional Fighters League: Daytona will feature the following match-ups:

  • JON FITCH (29-7-1) vs. BRIAN FOSTER (26-9) – 170 lb Welterweight Main Event (For the 2018 #1 seed)
  • SMEALINHO RAMA (10-2) vs. RONNY MARKES (16-4) – 205 lb Light Heavyweight Bout
  • JOAO ZEFERINO (21-8) vs. HERMAN TERRADO (14-3-1) – 170 lb Welterweight Bout
  • JASON HIGH (19-5) vs. CAROS FODOR (11-5) – 155 lb Lightweight Bout
“The road to the first Professional Fighters League playoffs and post-season $1 million purse begins this January, but the winners in Daytona could have a little smoother start,” said Ray Sefo, President, Fighting Operations, Professional Fighters League. “Recruitment for 2018 continues at a strong pace and we’re looking forward to welcoming more athletes into the Professional Fighters League in the coming weeks and months.”

There will be three additional Professional Fighters League events in 2017 leading up to the start of the regular season in January. Remaining 2017 events will be on Saturday, July 29 in Everett, Washington; Saturday, October 14 in Las Vegas, Nevada; and Thursday, November 4 in Washington, D.C.
 

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12-fight lineup set for PFL: Everett, including returns of Yushin Okami and Jake Shields
http://mmajunkie.com/2017/07/lineup-set-pfl-everett-returns-of-yushin-okami-jake-shields

PFL: Everett takes place in Everett, Wash., on July 29 with a main card on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie. In the previously reported main event, Andre Harrison (16-0) takes on Steven Rodriguez (10-2) in a featherweight bout.

But the rest of the main card has some solid star power. Yushin Okami (33-10) takes on Andre Lobato (24-6) at middleweight; Jake Shields (31-9-1) meets Danny Davis Jr. (12-11-1) in a welterweight bout; and Shamil Gamzatov (9-0) fights Rex Harris(10-2) at middleweight.

The eight-fight preliminary card features notable names, as well. Josh Copeland (14-4) takes on Mike Kyle (22-14-1) in the featured bout at heavyweight, and Jared Rosholt (14-4) meets Nick Rossborough(26-19-1) in another heavyweight bout. And recent WSOF lightweight title challenger Luiz Firmino (19-8) meets Eddy Ellis (21-16-1).

“We are excited to be back in Everett,” PFL President of Event Productions and Business Operations Carlos Silva stated. “I can’t wait to introduce the Professional Fighters League to all the MMA fans in the Pacific Northwest as we continue to build toward the game-changing 2018 launch of our $10 million league format.”

The newly launched Professional Fighters League, the rebranded promotion formerly known as WSOF, will have an official debut season in 2018. The PFL’s tournament structure will be based around seven traditional weight classes, from bantamweight up to heavyweight. There will be 12 fighters per weight class. Between January and August, each fighter will get three fights in the regular season. Fighters will earn points for wins and losses, bonus points for finishes, and additional points the earlier they finish.

There will be 18 total events making up the regular season from January to August, all in North America, and the winners of a tournament in each weight class will receive $1 million.

Harrison won the WSOF featherweight title in March with a unanimous decision victory over Lance Palmer. The victory kept Harrison unbeaten at 16-0. The former Titan FC featherweight champ won both his fights for WSOF and went 7-0 for Titan FC. Prior to that, he was a perfect 7-0 for Ring of Combat and that promotion’s 145-pound champion.

Rodriguez, from Costa Rica, has won nine straight fights. Seven of his wins in that stretch have come by stoppage, including six submissions. One of the two decisions in his current run came by split call to Alexandre Almeida at WSOF 35 in March.

MAIN CARD (NBCSN, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Andre Harrison vs. Steven Rodriguez
  • Andre Lobato vs. Yushin Okami
  • Danny Davis Jr. vs. Jake Shields
  • Shamil Gamzatov vs. Rex Harris
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6 p.m. ET)

 

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