NEW YORK - The Professional Fighters League today announced two major back-to-back 2022 playoff events will be hosted in Cardiff and London this summer in partnership with Live Nation, the world's largest music and entertainment promoter. MMA fans in the U.K. for the first time ever will experience the greatest fighters on the planet compete in the PFL's win-and-advance season format.
The 2022 PFL playoffs will kick off in New York City on Friday, Aug. 5 at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, before the league heads over the Atlantic to Cardiff on Saturday, Aug. 13 at Motorpoint Arena, with the final playoff event taking place at London's Copperbox Arena on Saturday, Aug. 20.
"We're thrilled to announce our international partnership with Live Nation as the world's top music and entertainment promoter makes its move into the world's fastest growing sport," PFL CEO Peter Murray said. "MMA fans in the United Kingdom will experience PFL's star fighters battle it out for a shot at the PFL world championship and the $6 million dollar prize money."
"We're delighted to partner with the Professional Fighters League to deliver their first U.K. events this Summer," Live Nation U.K. vice president of sport and family entertainment Sean Ryman said. "The PFL is a global brand in combat sports with an elite roster of athletes. The U.K. is excited and ready for this, and it's long overdue."
The pathway to the 2022 PFL World Championships and $1 million purse that comes with it will begin with a field of 24 fighters across six divisions. Each of the three playoff events will feature the top four fighters across two weight divisions battling to earn a spot in the final, with no other sports league able to match the thrilling action in this win-and-advance, lose-and-go-home format.
The second half of the 2022 PFL regular season begins Friday, June 17 from OTE Arena at Atlantic Station in Atlanta, with additional events on June 24 and July 1.