Mixed martial arts fighter Cho Seong-bin (30) will participate again in the US Professional Fighters League, where the prize money of 1 million dollars (approximately 1.3 billion won) will be awarded.
The PFL announced that the opening game of the 2023 regular season will be held on April 2 (Korean time) at the Virgin Hotel Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (capacity 4,500).
Seong-bin Cho will be one of the 10 regular PFL featherweight (-66kg) players this season, and will start the opening match. They will face off against the final 10th contestant whose identity has not yet been revealed. It will be broadcast on IB SPORTS in Korea and ESPN+ in the US.
The PFL is considered one of the best American organizations after the UFC since the days of the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) from 2012 to 2017. It operates a mixed martial arts competition as a major sport in which the champion is determined by ‘league + playoff’.
Cho Seong-bin won the featherweight championship of three Japanese mixed martial arts groups, ▲Atoys Challenge Fight in 2014, War Dog Cage Fighting in 2015, and Gladiator in February 2023. His career is also featherweight, including the 2018 Korean TFC interim champion and his UFC debut in 2019. 스포츠토토
He has been on the PFL featherweight regular league roster for three consecutive seasons since 2021. Cho Seong-bin, who was unable to compete last year due to an injury, will make a comeback after two years.
The 2023 PFL featherweight regular season is ▲defending champion Brendan Lornein (33, England) ▲2021 playoff winner Moblet Haibulayev (32, Russia) ▲former WSOF bantamweight (-61kg) champion Marlon Morais (34, Brazil) ▲ 2007 World Youth Wrestling Championship Freestyle -66kg gold medalist Bubba Jenkins (35, USA) and others will compete.
If Seong-bin Cho finishes in the top 4 of the regular featherweight league, he will qualify for the PFL playoffs, which will be held as a semi-final tournament. The semi-finals of the 2022 season were held in August, and the finals to determine the $1 million winner were held in November.
In December of last year, PFL announced a renewal contract with IB SPORTS. He also revealed plans to enter Korea, saying, “We aim to hold the Seoul Games within two years.” Korea is one of 140 countries where PFL is officially aired, and IB SPORTS is one of 25 media that has secured broadcasting rights.
Following the introduction of the Challenger Series, which corresponds to the second division in 2022, it will enter Europe through PFL Europe in 2023. Apart from the regular season and playoffs, we are also preparing to launch PPV Super Fights to showcase big matches.