Professional Fighters League (PFL), the first organization ever to present MMA through a Regular season, Playoffs and Championship format, today announced it will reach fight fans around the world with live PFL events through a wide and diverse group of premier global distribution partners, starting with PFL 1 on Thursday night, May 9. Elite MMA fighters across six weight classes from 15 countries will compete in the sports-league format for a title and million-dollar payday, and fans from over 150 countries will have access to top-flight PFL MMA action.
ESPN is the exclusive home of the PFL in the United States, with all ten events in the 2019 season airing across ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+, — the leading multi-sport streaming service. TSN is the exclusive home of PFL in Canada, and Claro Sports in Mexico. PFL will air in key markets outside of North America such as Brazil, China, Germany, South East Asia, the UK and more.
"We're thrilled to grow our global reach and audience in just our second season through partnerships with premium sports networks around the world," said Peter Murray, CEO of the PFL. "These partnerships allow us to provide thrilling, high quality, differentiated MMA action to the over 300 million fight fans globally. Our roster is reflective of how global the sport is. We have fighters from 15 countries who will be carrying their flags proudly to the cage. When fans tune in, they will see their nation represented, and will be able to watch in their native language. This only builds on their passion for the sport."
Distribution partners include, but are not limited to:
United States: ESPN
Mexico: Claro Sports
Africa: Fox Sports Africa
China: Jiangsu Broadcasting Corp
Germany, Austria and Switzerland: ran Fighting/ProsiebenSat.1
Latin America: Claro Sports
New Zealand: SKY Sports
Russia: MatchTV and Boets TV
South East Asia: Kix TV
UK: Sports Channel Network