PFL MMA and Air Force Reserve partner for the third consecutive season
Expanded partnership includes inaugural Challenger Series streaming on fuboTV’s linear network,
Fubo Sports Network, beginning February 18
PFL Regular Season kicks off April 20 on ESPN networks and streaming platforms, and to more than
160 countries around the world
NEW YORK (February 16, 2022) – The Professional Fighters League, the fastest growing and most innovative sports league, today announced the renewal and expansion of its partnership with the Air Force Reserve for a third consecutive season. Under the deal, AFR will bolster efforts around the most anticipated new MMA competition in the world when the inaugural PFL Challenger Series begins February 18, exclusively on Fubo Sports Network, the live TV network from sports-first live TV streaming platform fuboTV Inc. (NYSE: FUBO).
“Air Force Reserve Prep Point” will return as an in-broadcast feature for the Regular Season on ESPN networks and streaming platforms, giving fans up-close looks at the world-class athletes as they prepare for their moment in the PFL SmartCage.
The league and its roster of elite talent will work closely with Air Force Reserve to drive recruiting lead generation through a variety of initiatives throughout the season.
“The Professional Fighters League is proud to extend and expand our partnership with the Air Force Reserve into a third consecutive season and provide a platform to reach hundreds of millions of combat sports fans,” said PFL CRO Jon Tuck. “The PFL is dedicated to supporting our active military and veterans and look forward to working together throughout the inaugural PFL Challenger Series and 2022 Regular Season.”
"The Air Force Reserve is excited to sponsor the Professional Fighters League again," said Lt. Col. Clay Hawkins, Deputy for Strategic Marketing, Air Force Recruiting Service. "This provides us an opportunity to reach our target demographic and tell them what the call to be a citizen Airman looks like in the Air Force Reserve. We hope to inspire them to consider serving in a part-time or full-time capacity in the U.S. Air Force."
Following a breakthrough year that saw 100 percent audience growth, PFL has accelerated its momentum in the early part of 2022 with a multi-year renewal with ESPN, generating widespread buzz around the upcoming Challenger Series on Fubo Sports Network, and adding several leading brands to its blue-chip sponsorship portfolio.
Professional Fighters League is the No. 2 MMA company globally and features an elite talent roster with 25 percent of its fighters independently ranked in the top-25 of the world, including 2021 PFL champions Kayla Harrison, Ray Cooper III and Movlid Khaybulaev. PFL has live event coverage in 160 countries on leading distribution platforms and delivers a unique, innovative product to the more than 600 million MMA fans globally.
About Professional Fighters League
Professional Fighters League (PFL) is the fastest growing and most innovative sports league. PFL is the #2 MMA company worldwide and the only with the sports-season format where individual fighters compete in Regular Season, Playoffs, and Championship.
PFL is primetime in the U.S on ESPN and ESPN+ and was broadcast and streamed live worldwide last year to 160 countries with partners including RMC Sport, FPT, Sky Sport, and more. The PFL roster is world-class, with 25% of PFL fighters independently ranked in the top 25 in the world. The PFL proprietary SmartCage data and analytics platform powers real-time betting and provides next-gen viewing experience.
PFL has over two-dozen blue-chip brand sponsors such as Anheuser-Busch, IBM, GEICO, DraftKings, Bose, Socios.com, Air Force Reserve, US Marine Corps, and more. PFL is backed by major investors including Ares Capital, Luxor Capital, Elysian Park Ventures, Swan Ventures, Knighthead, Legends, and several NBA, MLB, and NHL team owners.
MMA is the growth sport of this decade, with 600 million fans worldwide, the youngest audience demo of any sport, and true global revenue streams.
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About Air Force Reserve
The Air Force Reserve is a proud Joint Force Partner in America's defense. As part of the U.S. Air Force, the Air Force Reserve offers a variety of part-time job and full-time jobs with full-time benefits, including low-cost health insurance, a non-contributory retirement plan, tuition assistance and other educational programs. The Air Force Reserve recruits to retain talent and provides challenging and highly technical training which gives our citizen Airmen the right skills to sustain the world's premier air power. There are many exciting part-time or full-time jobs in the Air Force Reserve, which can lead to a supplementary financial retirement. This flexibility allows Citizen Airmen to advance their civilian careers or education while serving close to home. Signing bonuses up to $20,000 are available for specific jobs. Also, if you are currently serving or have served in the past in any branch of the military and are ready for more, you can use your experience in the Air Force Reserve. Visit AFReserve.com for more information on how you can start or continue your career.