UFC Co-Founder Invests In No-Helmet Football League

With the emergence of the AAFL and the XFL, another football league has entered the fray, but lacking helmets and shoulder pads, but adding a UFC founder.

David Isaacs, who helped develop the UFC in 1993 along with SEG, has signed on as the chairman of the A7FL’s advisory board, two days before the NFL’s 53rd Super Bowl from Atlanta.

“Following an extensive search for the ideal candidate, we are extremely excited to announce David Isaacs has joined us as the chairman of our advisory board. David brings his vast experience in the sports and entertainment industry as well as management, deal-making and financial expertise to the team, which is a huge value as we continue to scale the company,” said Sener Korkusuz, CEO of A7FL.

Speaking with FIGHT SPORTS exclusively on Friday, Isaacs said the reason the A7FL attracted him was the idea of making the sport safer.

“A7FL’s no helmets, no pads, full contact football attracted me for some of the same reasons as when we created the UFC,” Isaacs said via email. “It’s safer than NFL-style football, but still a tough and exciting sport.”

“Removing equipment to make any sport safer seems counterintuitive and we faced similar issues when we launched the UFC and created the sport of mixed martial arts. With the A7FL, football can be safer but still thrilling full-contact competition. I can’t wait to get started.”

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