The Professional Fighters League (PFL) Announces 2019 Regular Season Venues
NEW YORK: The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the first organization ever to present MMA through a Regular Season, Playoffs and Championship format, today unveiled its 2019 Regular Season schedule. The PFL will return to NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Colosseum, for the first half of the Regular Season, consisting of three major MMA events to be held on Thursday nights May 9, May 23 and June 6. Atlantic City welcomes back the PFL for the second half of the League’s Regular Season, events 4-6, on Thursday nights July 11, July 25 and August 8 at Ocean Casino Resort. All PFL Regular Season events will be broadcast live in the U.S. on ESPN2, ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes and distributed to 130 plus countries around the world on premium linear and digital sports networks.
Pre-sale tickets for NYCB LIVE action will be available on Monday, March 11 for Long Island Behind-The-Scenes and Long Island All-Access members and Ticketmaster subscribers, and Wednesday, March 13 for American Express customers. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 15 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and through nycblive.com.
Peter Murray CEO of the Professional Fighters League states:
“We are proud to announce Thursday nights this May through August will officially be PFL MMA Night for fans in the New York/New Jersey region. The PFL innovative “win and advance” sports-season format means every fight matters, so fans of MMA will love to experience the PFL live at Nassau Colosseum and Ocean Resort and Casino this summer.”
The PFL’s unique-to-the-sport season format means every round counts, and every fight matters. Fighters are incentivized to win and win early. The PFL will once again feature six weight classes, including a newly-formed Women’s Lightweight 155-pound division anchored by two-time U.S. Judo Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison. The top eight in each of the men’s five weight classes and top six in the Women’s Lightweight division advance to the playoffs. Seeding is based on points, much like fans have grown accustomed to seeing in other major sports. The faster you end a fight, the more points you earn. In year one, 65% of PFL fights ended in a knockout or submission.
Brett Yormark, CEO of BSE Global states:
“We had a taste of PFL action in 2018 and are thrilled to establish a residency in 2019, bringing more high-quality MMA action back to NYCB LIVE and Long Island. MMA is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and with the tremendous interest this community has for combat sports, we welcomed the opportunity to bolster our programming with the PFL. We look forward to hosting the fighters and putting on the type of entertainment Long Islanders have come to expect when visiting the venue.”
Mike Donovan, Chief Marketing Officer at Ocean Casino Resort states:
“Ocean Casino is proud to welcome back the Professional Fighters League in 2019. Atlantic City has always been synonymous with boxing and MMA. With our PFL partnership, we are bringing fans the action they crave. Ocean Casino and the PFL look forward to delivering first-class events to fans in Atlantic City.”
Fans in Long Island and Atlantic City will be able to see the full, 68-fighter roster over the course of three events.