HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – PFL CEO Peter Murray has discovered success with the promotion’s deal with innovation.
Along with advancing the combat recreation by investing in technological developments to supply statistical info contained in the cage, Murray additionally believes in the way forward for cross-promotional bouts to offer followers the most effective fights doable.
“We’re a proponent of cross-promotions,” Murray instructed MMA Junkie just lately. “We’ll back our fighters all day long. There are other fights that we’d like to match with other organizations. I think that’s where the sport’s headed. We want to be an advocate to open it up. It’s not just under our roof. Let’s give fans what they want.”
Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum was a brand new addition to the 2021 season, though he didn’t make the playoffs largely attributable to a controversial lead to his bout in opposition to Renan Ferreira that has since been overturned to a no contest. Werdum raised his hand to compete in opposition to Fedor Emelianenko beneath the Bellator banner this October. Despite being beneath contract with PFL, Murray accepted the concept of Werdum taking the combat, though Emelianeko and Bellator selected Timothy Johnson as an opponent.
Further proving the corporate embraces cross-promotion, multiple-time PFL champion Kayla Harrison was allowed to compete beneath the Invicta banner in 2020, and even wore her PFL combat gear through the bout in opposition to Courtney King. Harrison represented herself and the model effectively by dominating the combat, choosing up a second-round ground-and-pound end.
When it involves fantasy matchmaking, as a rule, MMA followers ponder the concept of cross-promotional bouts involving UFC fighters. While the UFC may be very unlikely to be concerned in any fights with different promotions attributable to their enterprise mannequin, figuring out the PFL is keen to work with organizations to create massive fights is a constructive for the model.
Watch the total interview with Murray within the video above.