WASHINGTON– Today, the Professional Fighters League (PFL) held an open workout on the plaza of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.—the host city of PFL3. Anticipation for the third regular season event of PFL’s debut season built as onlookers caught the professional fighters in action. PFL3 will take place on Thursday, July 5 at the Charles E. Smith Center at The George Washington University. Fans can also watch all of the PFL3 fights in primetime exclusively on NBCSN, and streamed live on NBCSports.com, Facebook Watch, the NBC Sports app, and pflmma.com.
Jake Shields with BETA Academy students at PFL3 Open Workout (Photo: Business Wire)
Featured fighters Jake Shields, Abubakar Nurmagomedov, Rick Story, and Ray Cooper III and all embraced the D.C. heat as they prepared for what will surely be fireworks at PFL3. Thursday’s 12-bout event is stacked with exciting match-ups in the middleweight and welterweight categories as fighters battle to put points on the board and ultimately win a playoff spot and a chance to compete for their share of the $10 million postseason prize pool.
“Being in the Nation’s Capital during Independence Week, and bringing MMA to my hometown has been very exciting—this has just been an incredible, electrifying day,” said Carlos Silva, League President. “I’m ready to watch these fighters take their amazing energy into the cage on Thursday.”
PFL announcer Joe Martinez emceed the workout and kept onlookers captivated as he conducted interviews with the professional athletes. Furthermore, PFL was honored to host members of the BETA Academy—a local martial arts academy focused on teaching children to be well-rounded and civically-engaged individuals—and Yamasaki Academy, a venerable Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy in D.C. More than 30 children, joined by their respected instructors, watched in awe as the fighters showed off their strength, agility, and technique.