World Series of Fighting (WSOF) is no more.
Taking its place is Professional Fighters League, a mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion that will feature seasons, kind of like baseball, spanning 10 months and seven different weight classes.
That’s according to a report from MMA Fighting.
Fighter competing will participate in three fights per season and, depending on their records, will advance to playoff and championship rounds. So basically we’re looking at a season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) that lasts for 10 months.
With the winner hauling in $1 million.
“The Professional Fighters League brings a proven sports format that fans love and athletes respect to MMA for the first time,” PFL Executive Chairman Russ Ramsey said in today’s release. “The launch of the (PFL) continues the evolution of MMA into a professional, mass-market, prime-time sport for a global audience.”
Season one kicks off next January; however, broadcast plans are unclear at this time.
The existing entity (formerly?) known as WSOF was having its share of problems last fall, leading to the cancellation of several events. There are still a handful of shows on the WSOF calendar, slated for NBCSN, but there is no word what will happen to them or the fighters currently signed.