According to a press release, World Series of Fighting is slated to become the Professional Fighters League in January, 2018.
The PFL is boasting the fact that it is the “world’s only mixed martial arts league”. It is similar to the old International Fight League, except the PFL will not be made up of teams. Although it is not clear on what weight classes will be featured, officials have stated there will be seven different classes.
Each fighter will compete in three regular season fights. Those with the best records will move on to the playoffs and then the championship round, much like many other professional sports organizations. They have not specified what will happen if fighters have the same regular season records. The season is set to be 10 months long.
The new Professional Fighters League will crown a champion for each weight class. Each champion will receive a $1 million purse for their victory. An additional $3 million is said to be allotted to the others who participated in regular-season and post-season fights, but specific details have not been disclosed.
The new announcement raises a few questions and concerns. The first question is surrounding the current champions that fight for WSOF. Officials wouldn’t comment on what would happen to any of these champions, so there is a question surrounding if WSOF brings them over to PFL with some sort of set-up in place where they are a higher seed.
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Also, there is buzz surrounding what will happen to those fighters currently under contract with WSOF. They currently have around 100 fighters under contract and it is unclear how many they will be looking to bring over to the new PFL.
This new style brings with it some benefits and drawbacks for fighters. A benefit is that there is the guarantee to have at least three fights a year. This is huge, especially for some fighters, because you never know how long it may be between fights. There also is the benefit of knowing you have at least three fights before they can decide to cut you.
However, there are also some drawbacks there too. Injuries in this sport are common, so what will happen if a fighter that is originally slated to fight gets injured? Will that throw off this new system? Also, what happens if a fighter gets the call to the UFC? Will they be allowed to leave and take a fight on the biggest stage on earth, or will the be stuck to the PFL until their season is over?
Time will tell how this promotion will work out. For now, WSOF is slated to host four more events to finish out the year.