Washington, D.C. — The Professional Fighters League (PFL) announced that PFL8, a 12-bout card that will kick off the League’s inaugural post-season, will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans on October 5. The highly-anticipated event will feature heavyweight and featherweight fighters who will be competing in a bracket-style playoff format in which they will have to win two bouts in one night to move on to the December 31 championship event.
Tickets for the first PFL playoff event are available now. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.
“It has been a great year for the Professional Fighters League and we are very excited to bring PFL8, our first playoff event, to New Orleans,” said Carlos Silva, PFL League President, “With our innovative format the League continues to make MMA history every time we put on an event and this bracket is sure to provide some incredible action in the cage as these guys compete for millions of dollars and a chance to become PFL champion.”
At the end of PFL8, two fighters in each of the heavyweight and featherweight divisions will qualify for the December 31 championship event, where the winner in each weight class will win the title and the $1 million top prize. Top fighters slated to compete in New Orleans include the top-seeded Steven Siler, undefeated Andre Harrison, former Ohio State Buckeye wrestling great Lance Palmer and breakout star Kelvin Tiller.
The 2018 PFL season features 126 fights on Thursday nights in seven regular-season events, bracket-style “win-or-go-home” playoffs, and a $10 million post-season prize pool—the largest prize pool in the history of MMA. The season began with 12 athletes in each of six different weight-classes. Eight fighters from each class have earned their way into the playoff round, and one fighter in each division will earn the title of champion.
U.S.-based and international fans will be able to watch all of the 2018 PFL Playoffs and Championship fights for free. In the United States, all three post-season season events will air live on Friday or Saturday in primetime exclusively on NBCSN, and stream live on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, and pflmma.com. Outside the U.S., Facebook will stream up to six hours of free, live coverage for each event. In the U.S., fans can watch the first three hours of coverage of each event on Facebook.