MMA fans have many great options to enjoy the sport they love, especially in the era of live streaming. In addition to traditional promotions, MMA has an option for fans who want a fresh season each year, and a playoff tournament. This weekend, you can watch the 2019 season premiere of the PFL on ESPN+
PFL 1 will be available live on Thursday, May 9, from NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, NY. This is a split event, so the best way to watch will be through the ESPN app. Just link up your ESPN+ account with your live streaming or cable tv login to watch the entire event in the same app. The first five fights will be on ESPN+ starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time. The last five fights will switch over to ESPN2 at 9 p.m. Eastern.
The Professional Fighters League, or PFL, takes mixed martial arts and sets it up as an annual league. That means each year begins as a new season, and fighters earn points as they compete in two matches each during the regular season. Just like professional team sports, the top performers go on to the playoffs, where they compete in a tournament. The final two fighters in each weight class will face off on New Year's Eve in the PFL World Championship. In addition to being crowned PFL World Champion for the season, each winner will earn $1 million.
Watch as PFL President of Fighting Ray Sefo explains the selection process for the PFL 2019 roster of fighters.
The PFL has six weight classes this year. They are Women's lightweight, Men's featherweight, Men's lightweight, Men's welterweight, Men's light heavyweight and Men's heavyweight. PFL 1 is the first of six regular season events on Thursday nights throughout the summer. PFL 1 will feature the first matches for men's welterweights and women's lightweights.
Here's the schedule for this PFL week one event:
- Handesson Ferreira (13-2-1) vs. Bojan Velickovic (16-8-2)
- Genah Fabian (1-0) vs. Bobbi Jo Dalziel (4-0)
- Gamzat Khiramagomedov (7-0) vs. Glaico Franca (19-5)
- Andre Fialho (10-1) vs. Chris Curtis (20-5)
- Moriel Charneski (3-4) vs. Roberta Samad (4-1)
- Kayla Harrison (3-0) vs. Larissa Pacheco (11-2)
- Magomed Magomedkerimov (23-5) vs John Howard (27-14-1)
- Ray Cooper III (17-6) vs. Zane Kamaka (13-3)
- Sarah Kaufman (20-4) vs. Morgan Frier (4-1)
- Sadibou Sy (7-4-1) vs. David Michaud (15-4)
ESPN+ has added a large amount of MMA. In addition to the PFL, ESPN+ offers regular UFC Fight Night events, and they are the new exclusive home of UFC pay per view events. ESPN+ goes beyond MMA with Top Rank boxing, pro team sports including MLB, NHL and FC Cup, and major college sports, including basketball, baseball, football and more.
ESPN+ is available to watch through the ESPN app. This app is available for the most popular devices, including major streaming platforms and game consoles such as Roku, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Apple TV. If you don't have one of those boxes, there is no need to worry. You can still see ESPN+ on your TV by using your phone connected to either AirPlay or Chromecast.
ESPN+ costs $5 a month, which would set you up for plenty of MMA action coming up, including the UFC 237 pay-per-view next week.
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