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PFL and Air Force Reserve renew partnership for fifth year


The Professional Fighters League (PFL) has announced a renewed agreement with Air Force Reserve (AFR), marking five consecutive years of partnership.


The PFL and AFR share a common bond of excellence, discipline, and resilience, which are essential qualities for both mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters and military personnel. The partnership aims to showcase the benefits of joining the Air Force Reserve, as well as the exciting and unique format of the PFL.


As part of the renewed partnership, PFL personalities, including fighters, commentators, and analysts, will visit various Air Force Reserve bases, meet airmen and experience life on these respective bases throughout the 2024 PFL Regular Season. Additionally, AFR will be the presenting sponsor of one 2024 PFL Regular Season event, which will include a live swearing-in ceremony for new recruits. The PFL will also donate 20 tickets to each Regular Season event so Air Force Reserve airmen can catch the unique MMA action the PFL offers.


“The Professional Fighters League is honored to continue our partnership with Air Force Reserve for a fifth consecutive year,” said Bryan Calka, Chief Commercial Officer at PFL. “The PFL holds Reservists in high esteem and we are excited to collaborate on unique and innovative opportunities during the 2024 PFL Regular Season.”


"In 2024, the Air Force Reserve marks five solid years of powering up alongside the PFL. The Reserve and PFL are ready to take this partnership to new heights by introducing the PFL ambassador program and custom content series. These initiatives aim to continue to highlight the exceptional benefits that the Air Force Reserve has to offer and the flexibility to those starting or advancing their military journey,” said Sgt Samuel Wilson, Program Manager, Air Force Recruiting Service at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.


The PFL distinguishes itself from other iMMA organization as the only one with the sports-season format.  Individual fighters compete in a regular season, playoffs, and championship each year. The 2024 PFL Regular Season will feature six weight classes and 60 fighters, with the top eight in each division advancing to the playoffs. The winners of each weight class will be crowned PFL champions and earn $1 million each.


The 2024 PFL Regular Season will kick off on April 23, 2024, and will be broadcast live on ESPN platforms in the U.S. and on leading sports networks in over 160 countries worldwide.

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