The Professional Fighters League championship belt. PFL


  • PFL has received several nominations at the 14th World MMA Awards
  • The promotion is represented in six categories
  • Kayla Harrison is also nominated for an individual award

The Professional Fighters League (PFL) has received a major nomination from an esteemed award-giving body in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA).

Fighters Only Magazine, fondly referred to as the bible of MMA, has been nominated the organization for Best Promotion of the Year at the 14th Annual World MMA Awards.

This will be PFL's first-ever nomination in the aforementioned category.

Joining PFL in the said category are the UFC, Bellator, KSW and Cage Warriors.

For four years running now, PFL has rapidly become one of the most talked-about MMA promotions in the world today.

The outfit has done well in putting on exciting MMA action, featuring some of the sport's most prominent athletes and making sure that its product is seen by a wide global audience.

But apart from the bright lights and the larger-than-life figures, the league's success can be attributed to a number of factors that aren't always seen front and center.

Since its inception, the league has banked on its unique tournament-style format that features an elimination round, a playoff round, and a finals round.

This format has helped attract some of the who's who in MMA to the league, including the likes of former UFC titleholders Anthony Pettis and Rory MacDonald, as well as boxing world champion Claressa Shields.

PFL also launched its Challenger Series property, a weekly showcase of up-and-coming MMA talent—all fighting for a contract and a spot on the main roster.

The inaugural season of the Challenger Series paved the way for the likes of Dilano Taylor, Josh Silveria, Jarrah Al-Silawi and others to make a name for themselves on the PFL stage.

Moreover, PFL has continued to expand its reach globally as it is currently seen across over 160-plus countries worldwide through the biggest broadcast platforms, including ESPN in the United States, RMC Sport in France, Fighting.DE in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, Torneos in Latin America (via DirecTV), Sky in New Zealand, MBC Group in the Middle East and North Africa, Mola TV in Southeast Asia and Italy, and ESPN for Sub-Saharan Africa, just to name a few.

The league has also linked up with numerous digital platforms to serve as providers of exclusive content.

"We have a broader reach. We have more quality distribution. We distribute to more countries. Our cards, we have over 30% of our fighters who are ranked in the top 25 in the world. We have more content and we have a much bigger sponsorship business," PFL CEO Peter Murray claimed in an interview with MMA Junkie at the beginning of 2022.

Murray is also nominated for Leading Man of the Year, alongside the likes of the UFC's Dana White, Bellator's Scott Coker, Cage Warriors' Graham Boylan and IMMAF's Kerrith Brown.

Over the years, PFL has produced its homegrown stars, with a perhaps no bigger name than two-time women's lightweight champion Kayla Harrison.

Harrison is currently on track for a historic third world championship under the PFL banner.

Speaking of Harrison, the undefeated MMA sensation is also one of the nominees for Female Fighter of the Year, competing for the award with the likes of Juliana Peña, Cris "Cyborg" Justino, Valentina Shevchenko and Raquel Pennington.

Other PFL-related nominations include Stevie Ray's win over Anthony Pettis at PFL 5 for Submission of the Year, Matheus Scheffel's victory against Bruno Cappelozza at PFL 5 for Upset of the Year, and Kenny Florian for Analyst of the Year.

Voting is now open, and it will run until October 1st. Visit for more information.

Kayla Harrison, Peter Murray
PFL CEO Peter Murray (right) presents Kayla Harrison (left) with a check after winning the 2021 PFL Women's Lightweight Tournament. PFL