The Professional Fighters League, a mixed martial arts league, secured $30m in Series C funding.
Backers in the round, which brought total funding raised to date to $82m, included:
– Mark Burnett: Chairman TV Group MGM; Pioneer unscripted TV.
– Elysian Park Ventures: Venture investment group of Los Angeles Dodgers.
– SWaN Ventures: DC-based venture firm led by Fred Schaufeld and Tony Nader.
– Ted Segal: Segal Family, founders of LS Power.
– Debra Cafaro: Chairman/CEO, Ventas Inc.; Minority Owner Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL).
– Brandon Beck: Co-founder Riot Games and Co-creator League of Legends.
– Mark Leschly: Managing Partner, Iconica Ventures; Co-Owner and Partner, Rho Ventures.
– Donn Davis: PFL Co-Founder; Founding Partner of Revolution and Revolution Growth.
– Ted Leonsis: Majority Owner NHL 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals and NBA Washington Wizards; Recognized sports and technology investor and entrepreneur.
Led by Donn Davis, Chairman, and Peter Murray, CEO, Professional Fighters League presents MMA in the sport-season format where individual fighters control their own destiny, competing in a regular season, playoffs, and championship.
The PFL 2019 Season features elite MMA athletes across six weight classes, including the first-ever 155-pound women’s division, with each fighter having two fights during the PFL Regular Season in May, June, July, and August. The top eight fighters in each weight class advance to the single-elimination PFL Playoffs in October, where fighters must fight twice and win twice in the same night to advance to the finals.
PFL events are Thursday nights primetime live on ESPN2 and ESPN+.