True to its promise to bring the best sporting action to viewers, ESPN Africa is proud to announce having secured the exclusive rights to broadcast the 2022 Professional Fighters League across the continent. The PFL mixed martial arts tournament is one of the fastest growing and most innovative sports leagues in the world. ESPN Africa (DStv 218, Starsat 248) will broadcast the regular season, playoffs and PFL world championship.
In addition to live event coverage, which kicks off on Wednesday 20 April at 23:00 (with a repeat broadcast the following day at 08:00), audiences will enjoy A PFL highlights show from Tuesday 26 April at 19:00 (CAT) and other thrilling content from the league.
PFL Lightweight South African Don Madge, (from Johannesburg) will make his PFL Regular Season debut on 20 April in the co-main event against 2021 PFL Lightweight World Champion Raush Manfio. Madge defeated Nate Williams by a 2nd round submission at the PFL World Championship in October 2021 in a showcase bout and will look to continue the momentum at PFL 1 at Esports Stadium Arlington.
The PFL is the first and only MMA league with a true sports-season format where elite fighters from around the world compete in a regular season, playoffs and championship. The four competitors in each division who earn the most points in the regular season advance to the win-or-go-home playoffs, followed by the biggest night in MMA – the PFL world championship – with each winner going home with the $1 million prize.
The Professional Fighters League is the No. 2 MMA company globally and features an elite talent roster with 25 percent of its fighters independently ranked in the top-25 of the world, including 2021 PFL champions Kayla Harrison and Ray Cooper III. PFL has live event coverage in 160 countries on leading distribution platforms and delivers a unique, innovative product to the more than 600 million MMA fans globally.
“The PFL is thrilled to announce an exclusive broadcast agreement with ESPN Africa to deliver premium MMA content to fight fans across the continent and expand our partnership with the worldwide leader,” said PFL CEO Peter Murray. “Africa is a priority market for us and we’re committed to hosting future events there to help accelerate the growth of the sport at the professional and grassroots level.”
“We are excited to have secured the broadcast rights to the 2022 season of the Professional Fighters League for ESPN Africa”, said Kyle De Klerk, Director: Sports, The Walt Disney Company Africa. “The PFL will complement our current international and local sports offering, bringing viewers the excitement, adrenalin and exhilaration that are synonymous with this no holds barred, world-class mixed martial arts league,” he added.
How to tune in:
ESPN: DStv 218, Starsat 248
- All times are stated in CAT / SAST.
- Schedule subject to change
About Professional Fighters League
Professional Fighters League (PFL) is the fastest growing and most innovative sports league. PFL is the #2 MMA company worldwide and the only with the sports-season format where individual fighters compete in Regular Season, Playoffs, and Championship.
PFL is primetime in the U.S on ESPN and ESPN+ and was broadcast and streamed live worldwide last year to 160 countries with partners including RMC Sport, FPT, Sky Sport, and more. The PFL roster is world-class, with 25% of PFL fighters independently ranked in the top 25 in the world. The PFL proprietary SmartCage data and analytics platform powers real-time betting and provides next-gen viewing experience.
PFL has over two-dozen blue-chip brand sponsors such as Anheuser-Busch, IBM, GEICO, DraftKings, Bose, Socios.com, Air Force Reserve, U.S. Marine Corps, and more. PFL is backed by major investors including Ares Capital, Luxor Capital, Elysian Park Ventures, Swan Ventures, Knighthead, Legends, and several NBA, MLB, and NHL team owners.
MMA is the growth sport of this decade, with 600 million fans worldwide, the youngest audience demo of any sport, and true global revenue streams.
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ESPN, Inc., is the world’s leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment enterprise featuring a portfolio of more than 50 multimedia sports assets. It has eight U.S. television networks and 26 International Networks, ESPN Audio (broadcast, satellite, digital, podcasts), the leading portfolio of digital sports services in the world, ESPN The Magazine, consumer products, ESPN Events and more. ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Hearst holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN.
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