Globo’s Combate Network To Become PFL Broadcaster in Brazil For 2023 including PFL
Challenger Series, PFL Global Season and the inaugural PFL Europe Season
NEW YORK (February 3, 2023) - The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the fastest growing and most innovative sports league, today announced a partnership with Globo, Brazil’s leading media company, who becomes the exclusive broadcast partner in the country for 2023 including all Regular Season, Challenger Series and PFL Europe event coverage, as well as archival footage and original content.
Globo will once again become the home of PFL in Brazil, with viewers in the country able to watch the PFL’s 2023 events through Combate platforms (pay tv channel, website, app and social networks).
The league’s world-class roster features the country’s best fighters, with five former PFL World Champions, including Women’s Lightweight competitor Larissa Pacheco, Light Heavyweight Antonio Carlos Jr., Heavyweight Bruno Cappelozza, and Lightweight fighters Raush Manfio and Natan Schulte. The 2023 PFL Regular Season will also see the SmartCage debut of Brazilian MMA star Thiago Santos, who will look to become a world champion and earn the $1 million winner’s purse in the Light Heavyweight division.
“As Brazil’s number one media company, Globo is synonymous with premier sports action, and we’re happy to announce that it will be the home of PFL for Brazilian fans in 2023,” said PFL CEO, Peter Murray. “Brazil has a long history of developing some of the world’s greatest MMA fighters, including five PFL World Champions, and we’ll continue to expand our footprint in the country, with plans to stage live events in the near future.”
PFL is the #1 fastest growing company in MMA and the #2 MMA company on a worldwide basis. PFL is the only in MMA with the sports-season format, where individual fighters compete in sports-season “win and advance” meritocracy like all other major sports. The PFL fighter roster is global and world-class, with fighters from over 20 countries and 25% independently ranked in the top 25. PFL leads in technology and innovation, with its proprietary PFL SmartCage powering real-time betting and next-gen viewing experience. PFL is aired primetime live in the U.S. on ESPN and ESPN+ and in 140 countries via 25 leading broadcast and streaming partners.
About Professional Fighters League
Professional Fighters League (PFL) is the fastest growing and most innovative sports league. PFL is the #2 MMA company worldwide on all key metrics and the only with the sports-season format where individual fighters compete in Regular Season, Playoffs, and Championship. The Company has four global live fight franchises: PFL League Season, PFL Challenger Series, PFL PPV Super Fights, and PFL Europe.
PFL airs primetime in the U.S on ESPN and ESPN+ and is broadcast and streamed to 140 countries with 25 international leading media partners, including DAZN, DirectTV, Viaplay, Sky Sports, and MBC. PFL has dozens of major brand sponsors such as Anheuser-Busch, GEICO, Bose, US Marine Corps, and Celsius Energy Drink.
PFL is backed by blue-chip investors including Ares, Luxor Capital, Elysian Park Ventures, Knighthead, Legends, and numerous NBA, MLB, NHL, and MLS team owners.
MMA is the growth sport of this decade, with over 600 million fans worldwide, the youngest audience demo of any sport, and true global revenue streams.
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The biggest communication enterprise in Latin America, Globo has free-to-air and paid TV channels, besides digital products and services. Its linear channels speak to over 100 million people every day in Brazil. And thanks to a large network of affiliated partners across the country, it can have a local, state, and national presence at the same time. In 2018, it started a transformative journey to become a mediatech company, leaning strongly on technology, with the goal of having a direct relationship with consumers. It offers a full experience to the public, uniting the skills of creating quality content with the technological know-how, with distribution on several platforms, such as TV Globo, a free-to-air TV channel; its 26 paid TV channels; the streaming platform, Globoplay; its journalism digital products, G1; sports, GE.globo; and entertainment, Gshow, and much more.