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Hollywood, Florida to host 2021 PFL World Championship; Tickets available

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The Professional Fighters League (PFL) will hold the 2021 PFL World Championship at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, United States on October 27, 2021. Finalists across six divisions will face off for a world title and $1 million purse live on ESPN networks and streaming platforms. 

Fans can purchase tickets now for the biggest night in MMA via Ticketmaster. Tickets prices range from $30 to $175, with a variety of VIP packages to be announced in the coming weeks. 

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An evening of six world championship fights gets even bigger with the return of two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields , 26, of Flint, Michigan, USA to the PFL. She is a three-division boxing champion coming off a thrilling come-from-behind technical knockout victory in her mixed martial arts debut on June 10, 2021 and will face Abigail “Brave” Montes, 21, of Guadalajara, Mexico, who 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,” PFL chief executive officer Peter Murray said. “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 and Casino and ESPN.” 

Kayla Harrison, Mike Tyson, Peter Murray (©PFL)
Kayla Harrison, Mike Tyson, Peter Murray (©PFL)

The 12 PFL World Championship fighters will be determined as the league hosts three win-or-go-home playoff events at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The action kicks off at 5:30 p.m. ET on August 13, 2021 on ESPN2 and streaming platforms as former world champions Ray Cooper III, 28, of Pearl City, Hawaii, USA and Rory MacDonald, 32, of Montreal, Quebec, Canada headline the first playoff event which features the top contenders across the welterweight and lightweight divisions.

2019 PFL champion Kayla Harrison, 31, of Coconut Creek, Florida begins her postseason journey on August 19, 2021 against Genah Fabian, 31, of Auckland, New Zealand 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 August 27, 2021. 

Founded by Ray Sefo, 50, of Auckland in 2017, the PFL has quickly established itself as the number two MMA company in the world. It continues to accelerate its global expansion 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 and Upper Deck.

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