Fans Can Purchase Tickets Now for the Biggest Night in MMA at Ticketmaster as Fighters Across Six Divisions Square Off for World Titles and $1 Million Purses
Two-Time Gold Medalist Claressa Shields Returns to the PFL SmartCage to Face Abigail Montes
See Who Will Book Their Ticket to The PFL World Championship During the Seminfinal Events Live in Primetime on Friday, Aug. 13, Thursday, Aug. 19, and Friday, Aug. 27 on ESPN+ and ESPN Networks
The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the fastest growing and most innovative sports league, today announced the 2021 PFL World Championship will take place on Wednesday, October 27 at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Fans can purchase tickets now for the biggest night in MMA via Ticketmaster as finalists across six divisions face off for world titles and $1 million purses live on ESPN networks and streaming platforms.
Tickets prices range from $30 to $175, with a variety of VIP packages to be announced in the coming weeks.
An evening of six world championship fights gets even bigger with the return of two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields to PFL. Shields is a three-division boxing champion coming off a thrilling come-from-behind TKO victory in her MMA debut in June and will face 21-year-old Abigail Montes. The Mexico native brings a perfect record to the SmartCage and is quickly climbing the Latin American female rankings.
“There is no better place to welcome fans back in-person than at the 2021 PFL World Championship as $6 million and six world titles will be up for grabs on October 27,” said PFL CEO Peter Murray. “The biggest night in MMA gets boosted by the return of Claressa Shields to the PFL SmartCage, and we can’t wait to deliver an unforgettable night for the more than 550 million MMA fans around the world with our great partners at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood and ESPN.”
The 12 PFL World Championship fighters will be determined this month as the league hosts three win-or-go-home playoff events on Aug. 13, Aug. 19 and Aug. 27 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. The action kicks off this Friday at 5:30pm ET on ESPN2 and streaming platforms as former world champions Ray Cooper III and Rory MacDonald headline the first playoff event which features the top contenders across the welterweight and lightweight divisions. Kayla Harrison, the 2019 PFL Champion, begins her postseason journey next Thursday, Aug. 19 against Genah Fabian as the women’s lightweight and heavyweight action is set to hit the PFL SmartCage on ESPN. The final PFL Playoff will feature the top-four fighters across the featherweight and light heavyweight divisions, airing live on ESPN2 on Friday, Aug. 27.
Professional Fighters League has quickly established itself as the No. 2 MMA company in the world. With the addition of world-class talent – from elite fighters to established business executives – and partnering with industry-leading brands such Anheuser-Busch InBev, Geico, DraftKings, Bose, CarParts.com, BetMGM, Air Force Reserve, US Marines, Acronis, Upper Deck and others, the PFL continues to accelerate its global expansion.
About Professional Fighters League
Professional Fighters League (PFL) is the first and only to present MMA in the sports-season format where individual fighters compete in Regular Season, Playoffs, and Championship. PFL is the innovation leader with the PFL SmartCage delivering viewers on-screen fight analytics and real-time prop bets. The 2021 PFL Season began with 60 fighters in six weight divisions. The Playoffs commence with 24 fighters competing for 12 spots in the Championship event and one of six $1 million title purses. All PFL 2021 Playoff events are live in primetime on ESPN/ESPN2/ESPN+ in the U.S., as well as on leading broadcast and streaming outlets in 160 countries worldwide.
For more info visit www.PFLmma.com and follow PFL on Instagram (@PFLmma), Twitter (@PFLMMA), and Facebook (/PFLmma).
About Hard Rock Live
Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is South Florida’s premier entertainment venue. An investment of more than $125 million, the 7,000-person capacity indoor venue features clamshell-style seating, offering guests an intimate experience. Designed by Scéno Plus, the 225,000 square-foot facility is equipped with state-of-the-art, in-house sound and lighting, large HD viewing screens and mobile-stage technology. With its advanced capabilities, Hard Rock Live can support some of the entertainment industry’s biggest performers, as well as nationally and internationally televised awards shows, sporting events and more.
About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is the flagship integrated resort of Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. This renowned entertainment, gaming and hospitality destination unveiled a $1.5 billion expansion in 2019, highlighting the debut of the world’s first and only Guitar Hotel. Between three hotel towers, the resort boasts 1,271 luxury guestrooms. Amenities include a 42,000 square-foot Rock Spa® & Salon; a 13.5-acre recreational water experience for watersports; private “Bora Bora” style cabanas; more than 15 food and beverage outlets; an expansive gaming floor with 3,000 slots, 193 table games and a 45-table poker room; 120,000 square feet of premier meeting and convention space; and a 26,000 square-foot retail promenade. Hard Rock Live, the resort’s entertainment venue, showcases A-list entertainers and performers, sporting events and live broadcast productions in an intimate 7,000-person capacity setting. Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood is located on 87 acres of the Hollywood SeminoleReservation along State Road 7 (U.S. Highway 441). For more information, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, call 800-937-0010 or follow us: Facebook: SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly.