Today, the Professional Fighters League (PFL) held an open workout
outside of the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, the host city of PFL2—the
second regular season event of PFL’s debut season—on Thursday, June 21,
at Chicago Theatre. Ahead of Thursday’s 13-bout event, world-class
fighters Illinois native Will Brooks, Luiz Firmino,
Bruce Foster and Ramsey Nijem gave a preview of the action to come
to the gathered crowd. Two-time Olympic gold medalist, Kayla
Harrison, who is making her professional MMA debut at PFL2 this
Thursday also hit the mats to show off her skills and agility.
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PFL Fighter Will Brooks Working Out Before PFL2 at Iconic Chicago Theatre (Photo: Business Wire)
Onlookers enjoyed the sneak peek of some of the elite fighters that will
battle it out in PFL2. Twenty-four lightweight and light heavyweight
fighters are competing in PFL2 to claim a spot in PFL’s “win or go home”
playoffs and, ultimately, their share of a $10 million post-season prize
pool—the largest prize pool in the history of MMA.
“We’re excited to keep our action-packed season going here in Chicago,” said
Carlos Silva, League President of PFL. “Today, fans saw the skills
that PFL fighters are bringing to the cage, and there will be even more
athleticism and talent on display this Thursday at the Chicago Theatre.”
Joe A. Martinez, PFL announcer, and Caroline Pearce,
a member of PFL’s broadcast team, hosted the workout and conducted
interviews of the athletes in front of eager fans. PFL also invited
youth from the Englewood Crushers Club, a gang-prevention boxing
club on the South Side of Chicago. Kids and teens from the Englewood
Crushers Club hit the mat with Foster and had the chance to learn a few
moves from Olympic champion Harrison.
Tickets for PFL2 are on sale now and can be purchased at www.pflmma.com
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 will earn their way into
the playoff round, and one fighter in each division will earn the title
U.S.-based and international fans can 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 air live on
Thursday in primetime exclusively on NBCSN, and stream live on
NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, and pflmma.com. Outside the U.S.,
Facebook streams 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.
About Professional Fighters League™
The Professional Fighters League presents MMA for the first time in the
sport format where individuals compete in a regular season,
“win-or-go-home” post-season, and championship. Co-founded by Donn
Davis, Russ Ramsey, and Mark Leschly, the Professional
Fighters League is backed by an ownership group of sports, media, and
business titans. The PFL 2018 Season has 72 fighters in six
weight-classes, competing in the regular season on Thursday nights in
June, July, and August. The top eight in each weight-class face off in
single-elimination playoff fights on Saturday nights in October and the
PFL season concludes December 31 with six championship bouts
back-to-back with a $10 million prize pool. Watch the entire PFL season
action beginning June 7 live on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), Facebook
Watch, and PFLmma.com.
For more visit www.PFLmma.com.
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