2022 has been a progressive year for Professional Fighters League- after announcing their partnerships with Flagship Solutions Group and TicketSmarter, and their global expansion plan, PFL has now announced that they have a partnership with music and entertainment promoter Live Nation, a partnership that will expand PFL’s international presence.
PFL will be having two major back-to-back 2022 Playoffs, hosted in Cardiff and London this summer in partnership with Live Nation, marking the first time that MMA fans in the UK will have the opportunity to see PFL’s win-and-advance season format live. The 2022 PFL Playoffs will kick off in New York City on Friday, August 5 at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, before PFL goes to Cardiff on Saturday, August 13 at Motorpoint Arena. The final playoff event will take place in London at Copperbox Arena on Saturday, August 20.
“We’re thrilled to announce our international partnership with Live Nation as the world’s top music and entertainment promoter makes its move into the world’s fastest-growing sport,” said PFL CEO Peter Murray. “MMA fans in the United Kingdom will experience PFL’s star fighters battle it out for a shot at the PFL World Championship and the $6 million dollar prize money.”
Live Nation is looking forward to these events as well. “We’re delighted to partner with the Professional Fighters League to deliver their first U.K. events this Summer,” said Sean Ryman, Vice President Sport & Family Entertainment, Live Nation U.K. “The PFL is a global brand in combat sports with an elite roster of athletes, the U.K. is excited and ready for this and it’s long overdue.”
The pathway to the 2022 PFL World Championships and the $1 million dollars that comes with it will begin with a field of 24 fighters across six divisions. Each of the three Playoff events will feature the top-four fighters across two weight divisions battling to earn a spot in the final.
The second half of the 2022 PFL Regular Season begins Friday, June 17 from OTE Arena at Atlantic Station in Atlanta, with additional events on June 24 and July 1.
With a roster boasting MMA talents such as Kayla Harrison, Ray Cooper III, Rory MacDonald, Julia Budd, and Anthony Pettis, Professional Fighters League (PFL) is one of the best-known MMA organizations in the world today, with 25% percent of its fighters independently ranked in the top-25 of the world. PFL is watched live in 160 countries by 600 million MMA fans, via ESPN, ESPN+, and streaming.
Live Nation Entertainment
Live Nation Entertainment is a live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Media & Sponsorship.
Professional Fighters League
As mentioned earlier, A unique aspect of PFL is that it is the first and only MMA league with a season format. Fighters from around the world compete in a regular season, and then four competitors in each division (Featherweight, Heavyweight 265, Light Heavyweight 205, Lightweight 155, Welterweight 170, and Women’s Lightweight 155) who earn the most points in the regular season advance to the win-or-go-home playoffs. After that is the PFL World Championship, where each winner goes home with a prize of one million dollars and a championship belt.
The next PFL events will take place at Overtime Elite Arena at Atlantic Station on June 17, June 24 and July 1 live on ESPN networks and streaming platforms worldwide, with partners including Channel 4, DirecTV, RMC Sport, Eurosport, Sky Sports, and more.