Professional Fighters League

n a span of just three years, the Professional Fighters League has gone from an exciting new startup to one of the most established MMA organizations in the world. With a mix of hungry, young talent like rising star Kayla Harrison, an innovative format that features a regular season, postseason and championship and a future-thinking executive in the form of Peter Murray, it should be no surprise the PFL has exploded onto the scene.

“MMA is the growth sport of this decade and the fastest-growing sport in the world,” Murray told Uproxx Sports. “We saw there was room for more than one leader and clearly, MMA fans are seeking to consume more premium, live and quality MMA events, fights and content.”

Immediately out of the gate, the PFL has differentiated itself from the UFC, Bellator, and other top MMA organizations. During the regular season, fighters from 25 countries accrue points across six weight with more points awarded for finishing your opponent rather than letting judges decide the bouts. The top eight fighters in each division earn a spot in the playoffs, where the quarterfinals and semifinals are held on the same night. And in the championship, each division winner earns $1 million and the 2020 world championship.

As innovators in the space, the PFL has also already launched presentation adjustments like a ref cam that brings fans into the cage, punch speed metrics, and have kick speed and heart rate detection expected to roll out in 2021.

“It’s a great product, quite simply,” Murray said. “We’re the only organization in the world that presents MMA in this fashion and it speaks to not only the combat and MMA fans, but fans of other sports as well. It’s programmatic, with a beginning, middle and end, and a spectacle that includes belts and major money on the line. If you combine our sports season format with our cutting-edge presentation, integrating real-time fighter data and fight analytics, it really is MMA 2.0. It’s next-gen.”

In a short period of time, the PFL acquired the No. 1 streamed content on ESPN+ Thursday Nights in 2019 and more than 500,000 viewers to its championship event on New Year’s Eve, riding the popularity of fighters like Harrison, who is a top-3 female fighter in the world and Ray Cooper, who took home the welterweight crown in 2019. They also brought in top talent, with names like former UFC and Bellator contender Rory MacDonald.

“What comes with that is the opportunity to make more money. That’s why we’re seeing top-ranked athletes flock to the PFL. Year over year, it’s going to get harder to get in and it’s going to get harder to keep the top spot,” Murray said. “Our fighters are exclusive to the PFL, and in most cases, fighters are exclusive on multi-fight agreements. Over time, we are absolutely open to PFL champions competing against other organization’s champions. I think fans want to see that. Those would be fantastic event extensions and those are things we look forward to in the future.”

As the organization continues to grow and begins to reach even more fans with its talented roster, it’s important for Murray and the PFL to weigh in on national conversations, such as the upcoming election. That’s why the PFL has rolled out a league-wide, non-partisan initiative encouraging everyone to exercise their right to vote.

No way is it still the fastest growing sport in the world.

This is a fluff article. PFL isnt even doing fights now.

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No way is it still the fastest growing sport in the world.

You don’t think so? I believe it because there are still literally millions of people who have no idea what cage fighting is.