When word came earlier this year that World Series of Fighting had been purchased by new investors, some folks throughout MMA were a wee bit surprised, but now we see why that transaction went down.
The Washington Post is reporting that WSOF is set to become the Professional Fighters League, which will feature a regular season and playoffs like other sports leagues. The PFL will feature seven weight divisions, and fighters who make the playoffs and go on to win the championship in their respective division, will win $1 million dollars. $10 million will be up for grabs each season, with $3 million of that being awarded to the rest of the league’s competitors (who don’t win the title).
MMA Fighting is reporting that each fighter will have three regular season bouts.
The new league and season is set to kick off in January, 2018. According to the aforementioned story from the Washington Post, the league’s new ownership group includes Ted Leonis, who owns the Washington Capitals , Mystics and Wizards. In addition, the Lerner family, owners of the Washington Nationals, are also among the PFL investors.
So, this is big news for the MMA industry, and will be interesting to see how this plays out. Assuming the playoffs feature at least two fights, then in order to win the championship, a fighter would need to compete in at least 5 bouts, over ten months (as that’s how long the season will be). That could be tough.
The video below, announcing the new league, has also been posted.