Professional Fighters League partners with Flagship Solutions Group to deliver SmartCage innovations for 2022 season

The Professional Fighters League is partnering with Flagship Solutions Group, an IBM Gold Business Partner, for the 2022 season to utilise cloud-based products and artificial intelligence to reshape the way fans engage with the sport of MMA. Under the agreement, the league will leverage IBM’s cloud and Watson technologies to further develop PFL’s SmartCage technology and Fighter Performance Rating to maximise the value of its data-centric approach for fight fans, the world-class roster of athletes and its portfolio of blue-chip partners.

The insights gathered from SmartCage technology and Cagenomics data will be enhanced with IBM Watson machine learning to showcase what is taking place inside the cage and deliver accurate matchup outcome predictions for MMA fans around the world.

“The Professional Fighters League is pioneering the future of MMA with proprietary technology that enables showcasing the sport like never before, and we’re thrilled to expand our partnership with Flagship Solutions Group and IBM for the 2022 season,” said PFL CEO Peter Murray. “Integration of fighter data and fight analytics within our live broadcast and streaming events has created an immersive next-gen experience for MMA fans.”

“Flagship is honoured to support PFL’s tremendous growth and success with technology solutions powered by Flagship’s cloud capabilities,” said Mark Wyllie, CEO, Flagship Solutions Group.

The Regular Season has kicked off in thrilling fashion and the third event this Friday 6 May will feature two-time PFL World Champion Kayla Harrison making her 2022 debut, along with the league’s Women’s Lightweight and Welterweight divisions.

PFL is the first and only MMA league with a true sports-season format where elite fighters from around the world compete in a regular season, playoffs and championship. The four competitors in each division who earn the most points in the regular season advance to the win-or-go-home playoffs, followed by the biggest night in MMA – the PFL World Championship – with each winner going home with the $1 million prize.


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