NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The Professional Fighters League (PFL) took one step closer to launching their inaugural season when 22 fighters took to the stage in Chase Square at Madison Square Garden Wednesday afternoon, a day ahead of the highly-anticipated regular season debut of PFL. The updated 11-bout card featuring PFL featherweights and heavyweights became official after undefeated Long Island-native Andre Harrison and Juma Tuerxun hit their marks.
Fans are eagerly forward to the match-up between Harrison and Tuerxun as they—along with 20 other fighters—compete to earn a place in the bracket-style playoffs and the $10 million championship event. On Wednesday, PFL announced the final card for the debut event, pitting competitors in the featherweight and heavyweight classes as they all battle to ultimately earn a championship title.
“Our dedicated athletes trained hard to get to PFL’s debut fight night at Madison Square Garden,” said Ray Sefo, President of Fighting Operations of PFL. “I know they’ll bring that same level of focus to the cage and fans are in for an incredible, energy-packed, unforgettable season debut.”
The card for PFL 1 is set forth below:
Andre Harrison (17-0) 145.2 lbs. vs. Juma Tuerxun (20-5-1) 144.8 lbs.
Lance Palmer (12-3) 145.6 lbs. vs. Bekbulat Magomedov (19-1) 145.2 lbs.
Timur Valiev (12-2) 146 lbs. vs. Max Coga (19-4) 145.6 lbs.
Alex Nicholson (11-5) 214.6 lbs. vs. Jake Heun (11-6) 224 lbs.
Jared Rosholt (15-4) 245 vs. Valdrin Istrefi (12-1) 248.2
Josh Copeland (16-4) 258.4 vs. Jack May (9-3) 262
Marcos Galvao (18-9-1) 145.4 lbs. vs. Nazareno Malegarie (28-4) 145.8 lbs.
Caio Alencar (11-2) 243.2 v. Kelvin Tiller (8-1) 265.4
Magomed Idrisov (8-2) 145 lbs. v. Steven Siler (29-17) 145.2 lbs.
Alexandre Almeida (18-7) 145.8 lbs. v. Lee Coville (4-1) 143.8 lbs.
Francimar Barroso (19-7) 240.2 v. Daniel Gallemore (7-4) 255.2
The 2018 PFL season will feature 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 will begin with 12 athletes in each of six different weight-classes. Eight fighters from each class will earn 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 PFL regular season, playoff, and championship fights—over 66 hours of live action—for free. In the United States, all of the PFL regular season events will air live on Thursday in primetime exclusively on NBCSN, and stream live onNBCSports.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.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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