NEW YORK (October 20, 2020): Specialist Fighters League (PFL), the 1st business ever to existing MMA as a result of a Frequent Period, Playoffs and Championship format, these days introduced that the 2021 PFL Time will start out April 23 on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in primetime. The remaining Standard Season situations will acquire area on April 29, May 6, June 10, June 17, and June 25. PFL will start out its 2021 year a month early as the league helps make its predicted return to motion.
“We’re thrilled to announce an early commence date for the 2021 PFL Season and we appear forward to making on the beneficial momentum expert in a historic to start with year on ESPN,” mentioned PFL CEO, Peter Murray. “In 2021, the PFL will produce an elevated, immersive, and interactive supporter viewing practical experience incorporating expanded, genuine-time fighter details and analytics from our proprietary SmartCage technologies, in-occasion gaming and betting, guiding-the-scenes access, the return of ref cam, and more. Our champions return hunting to make another title, while a refreshing crop of exciting new fighters will obstacle for the best spot in MMA. Extra contenders will be unveiled in the leadup to what we think will be the most important period in PFL record.”
The initial 3 events of the Frequent Time will be every single fighter’s 1st chance to accumulate details towards a possible Playoff berth. The second 50 % will establish Playoff seeding, and whose goals of a title, and million-dollar prize, continue being intact. Dates for the Playoffs will be announced at a later on date, whilst the biggest night time in MMA, the PFL Championship, will acquire location on New Year’s Eve.
The 2021 PFL Period will aspect returning champions, which includes 2X Olympic Judo Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison and Welterweight Winner Ray Cooper III, and interesting new contenders this kind of as MMA celebrity Rory MacDonald, lightweight’s Johnny “Hollywood” Case and “The Canadian Gangster” Olivier Aubin-Mercier, reigning Brave FC Featherweight Winner Bubba Jenkins, and more.
Experienced Fighters League has immediately established itself as the No. 2 MMA enterprise in the earth with distribution on ESPN in the U.S. and to much more than 160 countries via top quality athletics networks and platforms. The league has expert remarkable YoY growth across electronic channels – 68% follower improve on Instagram, 30% complete audience development throughout digital and a 200% social engagement spike. Domestic linear viewing audience was up 43% in 2019, and the Championship on New Year’s Eve surpassed 500,000 viewers, a 65% YoY raise.