The Formula For MMA Re-Imagined at PFL
Carlos Silva and Ray Sefo were on the MMA Hour yesterday talking about the format of the Professional Fighter’s League (PFL) and this week will be their first event at Madison Square Garden. In their interview, they explained how the fighters fight to earn points to be in what will be considered “play-offs” for the tournament format so they can be in the semi-finals and finals.
This Thursday’s event begins the regular season for the promotion’s re-imagining of the sport of mixed martial arts. The event in Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater is the opening round featherweight and heavyweight fights. Six fights for each weight class and the fighters looking to earn points and advance. The bout listing can be viewed here.
Points are earned with these fights and as fight fans can imagine, the better an earlier the wins are the more points fighters can earn. A complete breakdown of their rules and regulations are on the promotion's website, but if a fighter finishes his opponent and does so before the end of the fight they earn the most points.
Fighters with the top eight point totals in each weight class will advance to the Playoffs in a seeded bracket for their respective weight classes.
Traditionally in martial arts competition and sports, in general, a tournament is the best way to determine the best there is. Trash talk and hype have nothing to do with who advances; instead, it is the wins and only the wins that get rewarded here.