PFL moves to ESPN/ESPN+ for second season
According to a press release, – along with an announcement from PFL CEO Peter Murray and PFL star Kayla Harrison on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show – the Professional Fighters League (PFL) will be moving to
Per the release, there will be ten PFL events in 2019. In 2017, there were three events, and 2018 saw eleven numbered events (PFL 1-11).
The events will air on ESPN2 and
The PFL events will again take place on Thursday nights. The “regular season” shows will be from May to August, and the playoffs will take place in October. The year-end finale show will air exclusively on ESPN2 and
Beyond fight events themselves,
The first PFL event will air on May 9, with the preliminary bouts on
Co-Founder and Chairman of the Professional Fighters League, Donn Davis, said, “The PFL was created to offer the 300 million global MMA fans the sport-season format that other major sports like the NFL and NBA have, which is the transparency and meritocracy of a regular season, playoffs and championship.
“Fans can now follow the stories, and business partners can engage in the journeys, of the PFL fighters throughout the season. This agreement to bring PFL to
PFL CEO Peter Murray added, “We are thrilled to bring the PFL to
The promotion recently crowned six million-dollar-winning champions at their 2018 end-of-year-show. The promotion is a tournament-based meritocracy, in that the fighters advance towards the title – and prize money – purely by defeating their opponents, rather than with any promotional or subjective factors.
The PFL is the newly minted incarnation of the World Series of Fighting (WSOF). Last year, the promotion aired on NBC Sports.
Last season, Lance Palmer (17-3), Natan Schulte (15-3), Magomed Magomedkerimov (23-5), Louis Taylor (18-4), Sean O’Connell (21-10), and Philipe Lins (14-3) were crowned as champions in their respective weight classes.