Professional Fighters League is returning to New York.
The first PFL playoff event is ready to be held at the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 5, CEO Peter Murray instructed The Post.
“We cannot wait to bring back the best in MMA to the fans of New York, the home of the PFL,” Murray mentioned in an announcement to The Post.
PFL has robust hyperlinks to the Empire State. The unique regular-season event through the league’s inaugural marketing campaign was held June 7, 2018, at the Hulu Theater. Two extra occasions have been held that summer season at Nassau Coliseum earlier than returning to Manhattan once more for the championship event on New Year’s Eve.
The subsequent season, all three occasions from the primary leg of the season went off from Nassau Coliseum earlier than once more returning to the Hulu Theater for the finale. That marked the final time PFL had come to New York because the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the third season, which passed off solely in Atlantic City and Hollywood, Fla.
The playoff event in New York is the primary of three, with the ultimate two set for Aug. 13 and 20 at a location or places to be introduced.
The Nov. 25 championship event, additionally with a location but to be introduced, will function the finals of every of the six PFL weight lessons — males’s heavyweight, mild heavyweight, welterweight, light-weight and featherweight in addition to girls’s light-weight. Each champion earns $1 million.
Last week, PFL introduced that former Yankees star Alex Rodriguez had invested within the league and has joined its board of administrators.
“I love the global reach of MMA,” Rodriguez mentioned in an announcement launched by the league. “The PFL continues to build and innovate for fans, media, and fighters and there is massive demand in the marketplace.”
Speaking with The Post final week, chairman and co-founder Donn Davis mentioned that the Series E fairness spherical, led by Waverly Capital, which introduced Rodriguez into the fold would enable the group to develop in two key areas.
“With this new round of funding, we can do global expansion,” Davis mentioned, “and we can launch our Pay-Per-View Super Fight Division.”
Davis mentioned the PPV Super Fight Division would launch in 2023 with two or three “super fights” that will not be held inside the constraints of the league’s trademark season format.
The new enterprise will mark the tip of Kayla Harrison as a competitor within the season format after this season. The unbeaten two-time PFL champion and former two-time Olympic judo gold medalist would shift over to the Super Fight Division.
“This will be her last year in the league,” Davis mentioned. (*5*)
Davis mentioned athletes would share the PPV income “50-50.” Price of the pay-per-view providing was not shared, with Davis saying “all those details are pretty early for 2023.”
The common season resumes on three consecutive Fridays starting June 17, all at Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta. Events will broadcast on ESPN and stream on ESPN+.