The Professional Fighters League’s inaugural season has chosen June 7 as its long-awaited start date.
The outfit formerly known as World Series of Fighting unveiled the schedule and roster Monday for its debut season, which will consist of 126 fights across seven regular-season events – the first at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
In the regular season, 72 fighters from six weight classes (12 apiece) spanning from featherweight to heavyweight will compete in two regular-season tilts each. Wins are good for three points and draws for one. First-round finishes net fighters an additional three points, second-round finishes an additional two, and third-round finishes an additional one point.
Eight fighters from each division will then enter a traditional bracket-formatted playoff, with quarterfinals and semifinals taking place on the same evening in October. The quarterfinals are two-round tilts, and the semifinal bouts are three rounds. Finalists will vie for a title and a $1-million prize in the season’s culmination on New Year’s Eve.
According to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, the first PFL event will feature the following matchups.
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
As previously announced, the season will air on NBC Sports Network. The full schedule and roster are as follows:
June 7: Madison Square Garden, New York City
June 21: Chicago Theater, Chicago
July 5: Charles E. Smith Center, Washington, D.C.
July 19: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y.
August 2: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y.
August 16: Ocean Resort Casino, Atlantic City, N.J.
August 30: Ocean Resort Casino, Atlantic City, N.J.
October 5: Playoff event (venue and city TBA)
October 13: Playoff event (venue and city TBA)
October 20: Playoff event (venue and city TBA)
December 31: Championship event (venue and city TBA)