Channel 4 has become the exclusive UK broadcast partner of The Professional Fighters League (PFL) in a special deal announced today (08.02.22).
Under the terms of the deal, Channel 4 platforms will carry the PFL’s inaugural Challenger Series, along with the 2022 PFL Regular Season which gets under way on 20 April and includes the Playoffs, and PFL World Championship.
Additionally, Channel 4 will bring MMA fans exclusive PFL content including original content from both PFL Studios and Channel 4’s in-house digital agency 4Studios and classic explosive archival footage from the 2019-2021 seasons.
Channel 4 Commissioning Editor for Sport, Joe Blake-Turner: “We’re delighted to be partnering with The PFL and bringing top quality MMA to British fight fans. The PFL is innovative, ambitious, fast and exciting. It’s really popular with younger audiences, particularly on digital and a fantastic addition to our expanding sports portfolio.”
PFL CEO Peter Murray welcomed the deal saying: “The Professional Fighters League is thrilled to announce our broadcast partnership with Channel 4.
“As MMA continues to be the growth sport of this decade, we look forward to expanding our unique product this year and building the United Kingdom and Ireland as two top priority international markets for the PFL.”
The season promises to be a thriller with plenty of British interest including PFL Featherweight fighter Brendan Loughnane, from Manchester. He returns after he delivered a first-round knockout to Sheymon Moraes in the 2021 PFL Season.
Loughnane went on to clinch a spot in the 2021 Playoffs, but ultimately fell short in the semi-finals and returns to the roster hungry for the title.