A major shakeup to the world of MMA could be on the cusp.
According to Ariel Helwani, major information for MMA's newest promotion 'World Fight League' has been unveiled.
The league's planned format is as follows:
- The group is made up of several former/current professional athletes from the world of NFL, NBA and MMA, including multiple MMA world champions, five former respected MMA promoters, former MMA Executives and matchmakers, actors and recording artists.
- The WFL has been in the works since 2020 and the non-profit was established May 3, 2021.
The league will consist of four conferences (North America, South America, Europe/Africa, Asia/Oceana).
Each Conference will consist of no less than eight teams and no more than 24.
Each team will roster 24 athletes, comprising of three athletes per weight-class.
They are currently focused on launching in North America first, however, the framework is in place for a true world league.
At this time, they have six approved franchise owners (four in the USA and two in Canada) and claim they have multiple proposals and applications being submitted for other teams.
A conference will launch when there are eight respective approved team owners.
The CBA terms can’t and won’t be negotiated until they have a union of athletes established. However, any approved franchise owner has signed agreements that enforces certain terms and conditions they must abide by. Some of these provisions are put into place so they will not be able to take more than a 50 percent revenue share. Additionally, per sources, they must provide specific levels of health insurance, career-ending insurance, and pension plan for their athletes. When the union is established, the plan is for athletes and owners to finalize negotiations and agreements.
The report goes on to state that the league is planning to launch sometime in 2023.
Fightful will provide more information on this venture as it becomes available.