Professional Fighters League Announced
What seems to be a rebranding for MMA’s World Series of Fighting (WSOF) the Professional Fighters League announced a new format for bringing mixed martial arts (MMA) to the masses. The website has already changed their URL from wsof.com to professionalfightersleague.com where the announcement was made.
Being billed as “the world’s only professional mixed martial arts league”, the new format looks to debut in January of 2018 with a prize pool of $10 million dollars between seven weight classes according to the announcement. This is what the format will consist of:
Fighters will participate in one of seven weight classes and compete in regularly scheduled fights throughout a season. At the end of the regular season, fighters with the best records will advance to a “win-or-go-home” post-season playoff tournament. Each tournament winner in the seven weight classes will be named the Professional Fighters League season champion and collect a $1 million cash prize. An additional $3 million will be shared between other regular season and playoff competitors.
This might seem like Bellator’s old format, pre Scott Coker but make no mistake. This is good for MMA in a time where ranking seem to matter less or are non-existent, only fighters and the fights they win will be making the match-ups once they get this format going.
What that means for current title holders in WSOF like Andre Harrison, John Fitch, Blagoi Ivanov, and Justin Gaethje remains to be seen but it looks like they will have the rest of this year to sort it out.
One thing that fans of MMA should take notice of is the fighter payout for the fighters that win a championship. The dollar sign and the word “million” is a rarity in MMA and the Professional Fighters League looks to fix that according to President, Ray Sefo. As a former champion and fighter that trains with and coaches many fighters, he knows a thing or two about what it takes to make it in combat sports.
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Feature Image via Professional Fighters League