PFL Adds $65 Million Investment to Total $175 Million for Funding Pool

By Jay Pettry Feb 18, 2021

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Even with money tight internationally, the Professional Fighters League has added a significant investment to its already sizeable war chest.

On Thursday, the promotion sent out a press release announcing that a new investment from Ares Capital, Elysian Park Ventures and Knighthead Capital totaling $65 has been added to the PFL’s budget. This addition to the PFL’s funding that already combined for $110 million now totals a whopping $175 million. Per broadcast partner ESPN, a significant amount of this figure will be spent on free agent acquisitions.

The tournament-centric league, which took off the whole of 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic, has bolstered its ranks in its extended offseason. In addition to retaining the services of its previous champions like Lance Palmer, Ray Cooper III and Kayla Harrison, it has also gathered some big-name free agents. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship champs Fabricio Werdum and Anthony Pettis have joined the roster, as well as ex-Bellator MMA champion Rory MacDonald among the other solid free agents like Tom Lawlor and Olivier Aubin-Mercier. With these acquisitions, the organization has declared on numerous occasions including its press release that it is the “No. 2 MMA company worldwide.”

PFL Chairman and Co-Founder Donn Davis was ecstatic at this new line of funding, stating, “PFL is the disruptive company in the massive and underserved MMA market, and this new capital will fuel our aggressive growth from the No. 2 worldwide market position the company has quickly secured.”

The first event of the PFL 2021 season will kick off on April 23, with six events taking place in the Regular Season on the 23rd as well as April 29 and May 6 for the first section of bouts. The season concludes with June 10, June 17 and June 25 fight cards to lead into the playoffs. The shows will all broadcast on either ESPN2 or ESPN+ in the U.S., and will be on various other networks internationally.

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