MPO Year in Review – WSOF repackages as PFL

December 26, 2017

The World Series of Fighting went under new management and repackaged itself as the Professional Fighter’s League.

The league, which is set to roll out in 2018, promises steady pay and fights for its athletes which will see them compete for a $1 million payoff.

Via our April post:

The inaugural season will run for 10 months and will feature seven different weight classes.  Similar to league play, fighters will compete in three regular season fights with the best records moving to a playoff and then a championship round.  There will be $10 million in prize money with $1 million going to each winner of the 7 divisions.  The remaining 3 divisions will go to regular season and playoff competitors.

The Washington Post reported that the PFL’s new investors included Russ Ramsey, an investment banker and hedge fund manager along with venture capitalists Donn Davis and Mark Leschly.  Sports franchise owner Ted Leonsis is also an investor.  Leonsis owns the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards.  Also, members of the Lerner family who own the Washington Nationals are investors.

The company’s first event took place this past July.  It also held an event in Everett, Washington and also a special Thursday night event in D.C.  in November.  The event drew 238,000 unique views in the online-only event.

Last spring, the company was hoping to secure a television deal but there has yet to be a movement on that area.

Recently, a PFL-signed athlete threatened to sue the company after he learned he would not be part of the upcoming season.

No word on the status of the company and its 2018 events for the PFL which is a little concerning because of the lack of promotion.  If the PFL is looking to make a splash in 2018, we might not see the promotion until the spring of 2018.

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