PFL 6 saw a lot of great fighters advance to the playoffs but the event as a whole was different as seven out of ten fights on the card went to a decision in Atlantic City, New Jersey last week.
The Professional Fighters League with their season format quickly became known for its high finish rate when their rebranding of MMA began in June. Fighters that win accrue points to advance to the playoffs, where they are closer to winning a $1 million dollar prize if they win in their weight class. The sooner they win with a finish, the more points they get to increase the chances of that happening.
Not all events can keep up with an average of a 70 percent finish rate PFL League President, Carlos Silva mentioned at the end of the event. “We didn’t have the 70 percent finish rate tonight but the guys that needed to get a win, figured out how to get a win,” Silva said of how the night’s fights turned out.
No promotion has perfect events all year round and while the PFL is likely to maintain the streak, when it comes to winning and advancing in the season some fighters may just want the win even if they know they cannot advance.
PFL 6 was the promotion’s first event in Atlantic City at the newly opened Ocean Resort and Casino owned by Bruce Deifik. Silva said Deifik has been a longtime supporter of MMA and the PFL so it should be no surprise that PFL 7 will have them returning there again on August 30. Given the relationship to the PFL and the success they have had with the current season, the location could be a regular stop for the promotion.
The PFL 2018 season will end on New Year’s Eve when the finalists fight for the chance to be millionaires.
Edward holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Along with over 20 years martial arts experience, he co-hosts The Coast-2-Coast Combat Hour, and also writes for Sherdog while maintaining his own site, The Blogboard Jungle. You can follow him on Twitter @Carbazel