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Today, the Professional Fighters League (PFL) held an open workout outside of the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City, the host city of PFL1—the highly-anticipated regular season debut of PFL on Thursday, June 7, at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Ahead of Thursday’s 12-fight event, world-class fighters Andre Harrison, Lance Palmer, Jake Heun and Timur Valiev showed off their skills, strength and agility to the gathered crowd.
PFL1 is the first of seven 2018 regular-season events. The 24 heavyweight and featherweight fighters competing in PFL1 are all vying to claim a spot in PFL’s “win or go home” playoffs and, ultimately, their share of a $10 million post-season prize pool—the largest prize pool in the history of MMA.
Bas Rutten, former UFC Heavyweight Champion, actor and PFL expert analyst, hosted the workout and offered in-depth commentary for eager fans. MMA audiences can look forward to more of his commentary as he kicks off his regular role conducting pre- and post-fight interviews with fighters at PFL events. Onlookers enjoyed the preview of what is to come throughout the inaugural season.
“As we’re approaching our season debut on Thursday, I think events like these give fans a taste of the excitement and entertainment that’s to come,” said Carlos Silva, League President of PFL. “I’m proud to offer a glimpse of just how talented these athletes really are. Hopefully fans saw the absolute focus and commitment the fighters have put into training for Thursday.”
Ray Sefo, President of Fighting Operations of PFL, also attended the open workout, interacting with fans and fighters alike. “The energy was off-the-charts today from both the fighters and the fans,” said Sefo. “It was a great way to see where the fighters stand and how prepared they are for their PFL debuts on Thursday night.”
The 2018 PFL season will feature 126 fights on Thursday nights in seven regular-season events, bracket-style “win or go home” playoffs, and a $10 million post-season prize pool—the largest prize pool in the history of MMA. The season will begin with 12 athletes in each of six different weight-classes. Eight fighters from each class will earn their way into the playoff round, and one fighter in each division will earn the title of champion.
U.S.-based and international fans will be able to watch all PFL regular season, playoff, and championship fights—over 66 hours of live action—for free. In the United States, all of the PFL regular season events will air live on Thursday in primetime exclusively on NBCSN, and stream live on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, and pflmma.com. Outside the U.S., Facebook will stream up to six hours of free, live coverage for each event. In the U.S., fans can watch the first three hours of coverage of each event on Facebook.
About Professional Fighters League
The Professional Fighters League presents MMA for the first time in the sport format where individuals compete in a regular season, “win-or-go-home” post-season, and championship. Co-founded by Donn Davis, Russ Ramsey, and Mark Leschly, the Professional Fighters League is backed by an ownership group of sports, media, and business titans. The PFL 2018 Season has 72 fighters in six weight-classes, competing in the regular season on Thursday nights in June, July, and August. The top eight in each weight-class face off in single-elimination playoff fights on Saturday nights in October and the PFL season concludes December 31 with six championship bouts back-to-back with a $10 million prize pool. Watch the entire PFL season action beginning June 7 live on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), Facebook Watch, www.pflmma.com. For more visit www.pflmma.com.