The Professional Fighters League is starting over in a big way.
After holding three small shows in 2017, the former World Series of Fighting promotion announced Monday that it will kick off its inaugural PFL season on June 7 at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in what is scheduled to be the first of 11 events this year culminating in a year-end card on Dec. 31 that will see six fighters walk away with $1,000,000 in prize money.
MMAjunkie was first to report the details for the upcoming season and the fighters participating.
Per MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, the June 7 premiere will be an 11-fight card comprised of featherweights and heavyweights:
The other scheduled events are as follows:
June 21 — Chicago, Ill. — Chicago Theater
July 5 — Washington, DC. — GWU Smith Center
July 19 — Long Island, N.Y. — Nassau Coliseum
August 2 — Long Island, N.Y. — Nassau Coliseum
August 16 — Atlantic City, N.J. — Ocean Resort Casino
August 30 — Atlantic City, N.J. — Ocean Resort Casino
October 5: Playoff Event — Venue and city to be determined
October 13: Playoff Event — Venue and city to be determined
October 20: Playoff Event — Venue and city to be determined
December 31: Championship Event — Venue and city to be determined
Fighters will be drawn from the featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight divisions, with each roster being comprised of 12 competitors.
A bevy of standouts from the UFC, Bellator, WSOF, Strikeforce and other major promotions will be involved in the PFL season, including former titleholders Marcos Galvao, Lance Palmer, Will Brooks, Jake Shields, Brandon Halsey, and undefeated PFL featherweight champion Andre Harrison.
Other notable names are recently released UFC lightweights Rashid Magomedov and Chris Wade, Russian heavyweight prospect Denis Goltsov, and welterweight Abubakar Nurmagomedov, the younger brother of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
See the full rosters below:
Standings will be determined via a points system, with wins being worth three points and draws being worth one. Additional points will be rewarded for first-round finishes (three points), second-round finishes (two points), and third-round finishes (one point). Everyone will fight two times with the top eight in each division advancing to a single-elimination playoff tournament, per MMAjunkie.
In total, $10,000,000 is being allocated for prize money, with playoff runner-ups receiving $200,000, semifinal finishers $100,000, and quarter-final finishers $50,000.
The PFL is partnering with NBC and Facebook, with a pre-fight show, preliminaries, and a post-fight show airing on Facebook, and the main cards airing on NBCSN. The regular season will air on Thursdays.
Read the full release from the PFL here.