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Is PFL the same as MMA?

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MMA, or mixed martial arts, is a full-contact combat sport that combines elements of various martial arts and combat sports.

It has grown in popularity over the years and has become a staple in the combat sports community. However, another combat sport has emerged on the scene in recent years, known as the Professional Fighters League (PFL). While both sports involve fighting, the question arises – is PFL the same as MMA?

Simply put, PFL is a professional mixed martial arts organization, just like the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) or Bellator.

How is PFL different from UFC?

The main difference between PFL and other MMA organizations is its unique format, which includes a regular season, playoffs, and championship, and the athletes competing for a million-dollar prize.

The fighters are grouped into weight classes and compete against each other in a tournament-style format to determine the winner of each weight class.

What weight classes are in PFL

PFL has a total of six weight classes: featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight.

During the regular season, each fighter competes twice, earning points for wins and draws. At the end of the regular season, the top eight fighters from each weight class move on to the playoffs, where they compete in a single-elimination bracket. The winners of each bracket then move on to the championship, where they compete for the million-dollar prize.

How is PFL different from other MMA promotions?

While PFL is a professional mixed martial arts organization, it does have a few differences from traditional MMA organizations. The tournament-style format means that the fighters have to compete multiple times in a short period, which requires a different approach to training and fighting.

The fighters must pace themselves to ensure they have enough energy to compete in the later rounds of the tournament.

Another difference between PFL and traditional MMA organizations is the roster of fighters. PFL has some of the top fighters in the world, but it also has a few lesser-known fighters who are looking to make a name for themselves. This gives fans an opportunity to discover new talent and follow their rise in the sport.


In conclusion, while PFL is technically a mixed martial arts organization, it has a unique format and approach that sets it apart from traditional MMA organizations.

Its tournament-style format and million-dollar prize make it an exciting addition to the combat sports community.

Whether you are a fan of MMA or looking for a new combat sport to follow, PFL is definitely worth checking out.

Jake Skudder
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