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PFL Launches 2023 Europe Tournament Season, Finals Set for Dec. 8


The Professional Fighters League’s European Vacation will begin in March.

According to a press release sent out on Thursday from the league, PFL Europe will commence its inaugural season on March 25. Separate from the Challenger Series or the standard six-division tournament brackets, the PFL is bringing in regional talent from Europe in a qualifying tournament of sorts. The victors of the four unannounced weight classes will each earn $100,000 should they prevail in their bracket, and they may also claim a place in the following year’s million-dollar tourney. The first event will be held at the Vertu Motors Arena in Newcastle, England.

Each division will be composed of eight individuals, and unlike the PFL’s yearly tourney, points will not come into play. Instead, the eight-fighter brackets will be of the single elimination variety, or “win and advance,” as they compete across four events throughout the year. There will be a gap of at least two months between matches, which will begin on March 25 and then carry on to July 8, Sept. 30 and Dec. 8. The PFL has called its first two events “Regular Season” with the “Playoffs” in Paris, at the Zenith Paris La Villette. The year will conclude in Dublin at the 3Arena, as all four finals matchups will take place that night.

The PFL Europe events will air during respective local primetime hours in Newcastle, Berlin, Paris and Dublin, respectively, for the four fight cards. European fans will be able to catch the action on Dazn. It is unclear at this time how international audiences will be able to consume this content. This will not be the first time that PFL has endeavored to Europe for talent, as the final two Playoff events in 2022 brought the league to Wales and London, with prelims and postlims filled with local competitors vying for places on the overall roster.

PFL CEO Peter Murray provided a brief statement about this announcement, reiterating, “PFL Europe’s inaugural season schedule is set, and MMA fans in 2023 will experience Europe’s best MMA fighters competing in the PFL’s true sport format live on DAZN. PFL Europe Regular Season events will be staged in Newcastle, UK in March, and Berlin, Germany in July. Semifinalists will then compete in a single elimination Playoff event in Paris, France, in September with the winners advancing to the PFL Europe Championship in Dublin, Ireland in December.”
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