PFL Announces Roster, Format, And 2018 Schedule
The Professional Fighters League ‘s inaugural season kicks off on June 7th at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, in the first of 11 events leading up to a finale on December 31st where six fighters walk away with $1,000,000 in prize money.
Per MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, the June 7 premiere will be an 11-fight card comprised of featherweights and heavyweights:
Andre Harrison vs. Jumabieke Tuerxun
Lance Palmer vs. Bekbulat Magomedov
Alexandre Almeida vs. Lee Coville
Magomed Idrisov vs. Steven Siler
Marcos Galvao vs. Nazareno Malegarie
Timur Valiev vs. Max Coga
Mike Kyle vs. Shawn Jordan
Denis Goltsov vs. Nick Rossborough
Jared Rosholt vs. Valdrin Istrefi
Caio Alencar vs. Jake Heun
Josh Copeland vs. Jack May
Francimar Barroso vs. Daniel Gallemore
Per a release from the PFL sent out on Monday, the other scheduled events include.
June 21 — Chicago, Ill. — Chicago Theater
July 5 — Washington, DC. — GWU Smith Center
July 19 — Long Island, N.Y. — Nassau Coliseum
August 2 — Long Island, N.Y. — Nassau Coliseum
August 16 — Atlantic City, N.J. — Ocean Resort Casino
August 30 — Atlantic City, N.J. — Ocean Resort Casino
October 5: Playoff Event — Venue and city to be determined
October 13: Playoff Event — Venue and city to be determined
October 20: Playoff Event — Venue and city to be determined
December 31: Championship Event — Venue and city to be determined
Fighters will be drawn from the featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight divisions, including former UFC, Bellator, WSOF, and Strikeforce fighters such as Will Brooks, Jake Shields, Brandon Halsey, PFL featherweight champion Andre Harrison, and younger brother of UFC lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, Abubakar.
Per MMA Junkie, the standings are set via a points system:
- Wins: 3 points
- Draw: 1 point
- First Round Finish: 3 points
- Second Round Finish: 2 points
- Third Round Finish: 1 point
Each fighter will twice with the top eight in each division advancing to a single-elimination playoff tournament, per MMAjunkie.
In total, $10,000,000 is being allocated for prize money, with playoff runner-ups receiving $200,000, semifinal finishers $100,000, and quarter-final finishers $50,000.
The PFL signed a duel agreement with with NBC and Facebook, Facebook will air a pre-fight show, preliminaries, and a post-fight show airing, and the main cards airing on NBCSN. The regular season will air on Thursdays.
See the full rosters below:
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Original Report: MMA Junkie