2022 PFL Featherweight Champion Brendan Loughnane headlines event

2022 PFL Light Heavyweight Champion Robert Wilkinson, Thiago Santos, Bubba
Jenkins rounds out main card

PFL Regular Season returns live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ on Thursday,
June 8th Live From OTE Arena Atlanta, Tickets Available Now

NEW YORK (April 26, 2023) - The Professional Fighters League, the fastest growing and most innovative sports league, today announced the Featherweight and Light Heavyweight card for PFL Regular Season Atlanta, taking place on Thursday, June 8th at Overtime Elite Arena, live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+. 2022 PFL Featherweight World Champion Brendan Loughnane, and current division leader, headlines the card against Jesus Pinedo. Loughnane will look to secure a berth in the 2023 PFL Playoffs and move a step closer to his second PFL World Championship. Tickets are available now starting at $25.

In the co-main event, 2022 PFL Light Heavyweight World Champion “Razor” Robert Wilkinson returns to the PFL SmartCage against Will Fleury. Wilkinson currently sits in a third-place tie in the Light Heavyweight standings. The Australian will look for a finish to secure a Playoff appearance and move one step closer to the $1 million World Championship prize.

In further Light Heavyweight action, Thiago Santos is in a must win situation against Mohammad Fakhreddine. “Marreta” will need a finish to keep his million-dollar dream alive. 

2021 PFL Featherweight Champion Movlid Khaybulaev steps back into the PFL SmartCage looking to remain unbeaten. The Dagestan native, Khaybulaev, will take on Daniel Torres.

Marthin Hamlet, who currently sits atop the Light Heavyweight standings, matches up with Sam Kei with a Playoff berth on the line.

“The Professional Fighters League is set to return to 2023 Regular Season action at Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta, GA, on Thursday, June 8 with Featherweights and Light Heavyweights making their final push for the 2023 PFL Playoffs,” said PFL CEO Peter Murray. “We look forward to an action-packed night of fights live on ESPN and ESPN+ in the U.S., with international distribution to 160 countries globally as the best athletes in the world look to take one step closer to a PFL world title and $1million prize.”

“The first half of the 2023 PFL Regular Season provided action that can only take place in the PFL’s unique season format,” said PFL President of Fighter Operations, Ray Sefo. “We look forward to watching the elite PFL athletes make their final attempt towards securing a berth in the PFL Playoffs.”

The 2023 PFL Season resumes on June 8th on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in primetime. The second half of the PFL Regular Season takes place live from Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta, on Thursday June 8th, Friday June 16th, and Friday June 23rd.Tickets are available now. 

Full card:

  • ESPN Card:
    • Brendan Loughnane vs. Jesus Pinedo
    • Robert Wilkinson vs. Will Fleury
    • Thiago Santos vs. Mohammed Fakhreddine
    • Movlid Khaybulaev vs. Daniel Torres
    • Marthin Hamlet vs. Sam Kei
  •  ESPN+ Card:
    • Joshua Silveria vs. Delan Monte
    • Bubba Jenkins vs. Jo Sungbin
    • Krzystof Jotko vs. Ty Flores
    • Alejandro Flores vs. Marlon Moraes
    • Chris Wade vs. Ryoji Kudo
    • Abigail Montes vs. TBA Showcase
    • Alexei Pergande vs. TBA Showcase

PFL is the #1 fastest growing company in MMA and the #2 MMA company on a worldwide basis. PFL is the only in MMA with the sports-season format, where individual fighters compete in a regular season, playoffs, and championship each year, making PFL a “win and advance” meritocracy like all other major sports. PFL fighter roster hails from over 20 countries and 25% of PFL fighters are independently ranked in the top 25 of their weight-class. The Company leads in technology and innovation, with its proprietary PFL SmartCage powering real-time betting and a next-gen viewing experience. PFL airs live in the U.S. on ESPN and ESPN+ and is broadcast and streamed to 140 countries with 25 leading international media partners.

About Professional Fighters League
Professional Fighters League (PFL) is the fastest growing and most innovative sports league. PFL is the #2 MMA company worldwide on all key metrics and the only with the sports-season format where individual fighters compete in Regular Season, Playoffs, and Championship.  The Company has four global live fight franchises:  PFL League Season, PFL Challenger Series, PFL PPV Super Fights, and PFL Europe.

PFL airs in the U.S on ESPN and ESPN+ and is broadcast and streamed to 140 countries with 25 international leading media partners, including DAZN, DirectTV, Viaplay, Sky Sports, and MBC.  PFL has dozens of major brand sponsors such as Anheuser-Busch, GEICO, Bose, US Marine Corps, and Celsius Energy Drink.

PFL is backed by blue-chip investors including Ares, Luxor Capital, Elysian Park Ventures, Knighthead, Legends, and numerous NBA, MLB, NHL, and MLS team owners.

MMA is the growth sport of this decade, with over 600 million fans worldwide, the youngest audience demo of any sport, and true global revenue streams.

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