Professional Fighters League Expands International Reach of the Sport for 2021 Season
Key international broadcast partners will be expanding coverage of the Professional Fighters League (PFL) for the upcoming 2021 season. PFL is the first organization to present MMA through a Regular Season, Playoffs and Championship format, which combined with a global roster of fighters representing 25 countries, has resonated internationally. PFL is distributed to more than 160 countries worldwide via a global network of premier sports partners.
“MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world, with more than 450 million fans who want to consume more premium MMA content,” said Peter Murray, CEO of the PFL. “Expanded partnerships with Titan Channel, Sky New Zealand, Digi Communications N.V. and others are reflective of the incredible demand for MMA and the PFL, and will only continue to grow the sport. Our season format, international fighter roster of top talent from around the world, and differentiated product appeals to a global audience, and we look forward to going deeper with our storytelling in key markets outside the United States.”
As part of these partnership agreements, Titan Channel, Sky New Zealand, and Digi Communications N.V. will continue to broadcast live PFL Regular Season, Playoffs and Championship events. PFL programming will also feature classic fights from PFL’s vault, providing fans the opportunity to relive the championship journeys of PFL stars such as Kayla Harrison, Ray Cooper III, Emiliano Sordi, Magomed Magomedkerimov, and Nathan Schulte. Original programming created by PFL Studios – a fully integrated global media division of the Professional Fighters League producing original MMA content for all platforms including television, digital and mobile – will also be included.
Titan Channel is the first OTT platform in Spain dedicated to combat sports. Since its 2016 debut, Titan Channel has expanded distribution to 60 countries and most recently launched Titan Channel HD in partnership with cable-operators across Latin America, bolstering its reach in Spanish speaking countries such as Argentina, Panama, Colombia, Honduras, Paraguay, Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and Nicaragua.
Sky is New Zealand’s home to sports and entertainment. Started in 1990, and available throughout New Zealand, Sky connects New Zealanders to the sports and stories they love.
Digi Communications N.V., which is based in Romania, reaches more than 8.4 million homes in the greater Romania and Hungary region and will deliver PFL action to fans in the Czech Republic.
The PFL’s 2021 season begins on April 23, with the Regular Season continuing on April 29, May 6, June 10, June 17 and June 25. The 2021 season features the return of Emiliano Sordi, the first MMA champion hailing from Argentina, Nathan Schulte, a two-time PFL champion from Brazil and newcomer Fabricio Werdum, one of the top heavyweights of all time, also hailing from Brazil.