PFL to Provide VIP Experiences For Air Force Partners Throughout Fight Week
NEW YORK (June 20, 2023) – The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the fastest growing and most innovative sports league in the world, will host its sixth and final 2023 Regular Season event this Friday, June 23 and host PFL partner Air Force Reserve (AFR) throughout fight week. The event will air on ESPN+ beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET with the action continuing on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 9 p.m. ET.
“The Professional Fighters League is extremely proud of our four-year partnership with Air Force Reserve.” said Casey Lang, Global Partnerships Manager at PFL. “We are dedicated to supporting our active military and veterans and look forward to hosting them in Atlanta throughout fight week and at Overtime Elite Arena this Friday night.”
Fight week activations with the Air Force Reserve will include the first-ever Delayed Entry Program swear-in ceremony administered by Air Force Recruiting Service's Deputy Commander, Brig. Gen. Lisa Craig. DEP members will take the oath of enlistment in front of the crowd confirming their commitment to serving in the Air Force or Space Force.
"The Air Force Reserve is celebrating 75 years of combat proven readiness and we are pumped-up to partner with PFL again this year," Craig said. "The opportunity to activate on several military bases and facilities using PFL personalities to help recruit the prior service audience has been instrumental for the Reserve. We want everyone to know they can continue their service in a part-time capacity."
PFL Atlanta Welterweights and Lightweights takes place at Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta, GA, on Friday June 28. The evening’s main event will feature 2022 PFL Lightweight Champion Olivier Aubin-Mercier taking on Anthony Romero. The co-main event will see 2022 PFL Welterweight Champion Sadibou Sy taking on Shane Mitchell in the PFL SmartCage.
PFL is the #1 fastest growing company in MMA and the #2 MMA company on a worldwide basis. PFL is the only league in MMA with the sports-season format, where individual fighters compete in a regular season, playoffs, and championship each year, making PFL a “win and advance” meritocracy like all other major sports. PFL fighter roster hails from over 20 countries and 25% of PFL fighters are independently ranked in the top 25 of their weight-class. The company leads in technology and innovation, with its proprietary PFL SmartCage powering real-time betting and next-gen viewing experience.
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About Air Force Reserve
The Air Force Reserve offers you more ways than ever to build your future–on your terms–with over 200 part-time and full-time jobs with full-time benefits. These all include low-cost health insurance, a generous retirement plan, tuition assistance, and education programs. This way you have the flexibility to pursue your civilian career, an education, and your own interests while serving close to home. Also, if you're currently serving or have served, and are ready for more flexibility, we value your experience. In most cases, you won’t have to re-complete military entrance requirements.