Big news in the fighting world! The Professional Fighters League (PFL) and ESPN are shaking things up with a fresh multi-year media rights agreement. Brace yourselves for an action-packed showcase of the PFL Regular Season, Playoffs, and the much-anticipated World Championship, all set to light up ESPN’s linear networks and ESPN+. And there’s more – in 2024, get ready for the launch of the PFL PPV Super Fight Division, exclusively on ESPN+ PPV in the U.S.
The PFL isn’t just about the fights; it’s about the fighters. Some of the top names in the sport will be front and center across ESPN’s array of platforms. Expect in-depth pre- and post-fight coverage, plus a whole lot of extra content on both linear and digital channels.
Peter Murray, the CEO of PFL, is buzzing with excitement. After five successful seasons with ESPN, he’s looking forward to what he calls the “next phase of growth” for MMA and the PFL. He’s banking on the unique sport-season format, a roster packed with elite athletes, and the debut of the PFL PPV Super Fight Division, featuring stars like Francis Ngannou and Jake Paul, to push MMA into the limelight of global sports entertainment.
Speaking of the PFL PPV Super Fight Division, it’s poised to become a global stage for top MMA fighters and combat sports stars. Francis Ngannou, a heavyweight legend, is already on board with an exclusive MMA contract for the division. He’s in good company with influential figures like Jake Paul, and powerhouse women fighters Claressa Shields, Amanda Serrano, and Savannah Marshall. The first PFL PPV Super Fight, set for early 2024, will announce its headline fighters and location soon.
The PFL stands out with its unique sports-season format. Fighters battle it out in a regular season, playoffs, and championship every year. Combined with Bellator, 30% of their fighters are ranked in the top 25 globally in their weight classes. With a vision that spans the globe, PFL is crafting the “Champions League of MMA,” with new leagues like PFL Europe and PFL MENA, and even more international leagues in the pipeline.
But it’s not just about the fights; PFL is leading the way in technology and innovation. The PFL SmartCage is changing the game with fight analytics, real-time betting, AI scoring, and a futuristic viewing experience. PFL’s reach is massive, broadcasting on ESPN/ESPN+ in the U.S. and streamed across 150 countries with 20 top-tier media partners.