The PFL is still the newest kid on the block when it comes to major MMA promotions. However, their determination to innovate has helped them stand out.
Little did we know at the time, this event would mark the last time all of these fighters competed for the – seemingly – expanding promotion.
So what exactly happened to the promising home to many of today’s best? In 2017, it would fizzle out and become a thing of the past … to an extent.
A group of investors known as MMAX Investment Partners came along and acquired a controlling stake in the WSOF. In April of that year, an overhaul would be put in motion as the four-letter abbreviation we had grown accustomed to over the past six years was now transformed and evolved into the Professional Fighters League (PFL).
“The opportunity to build a brand and build a league in the fastest growing sport in the world,” PFL CEO Peter Murray responded to FanSided when asked what led him to MMA. “To do it from the ground up with a distinction and with an incredible ownership group and top management team. Really the opportunity to be a leader in the next evolution and the growth of the sport and to propel it forward was incredibly appealing as an entrepreneur.”