The Professional Fighters League which was formerly known as the World Series of Fighting will launch it's revolutionary inaugural season on June 7th at Madison Square Garden and two Hawaii fighters were announced on the organization's season roster.
Former University of Hawaii running back/linebacker Jake "Honey Bear" Heun (heavyweight) and former X-1 champion Ray "Braddah" Cooper III will take part in the unique season format that will feature a regular season and playoffs.
The organization revealed details to the format along with the roster and pay outs on Monday.
The PFL will have twelve fighters each in the featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight divisions.
These fighters will compete in two "regular seasons" contests with the fighters earning points based on the results of their bouts and the method of victory.
At the conclusion of the regular season, the top eight fighters in each weight class will compete in a single-elimination tournament that sees each bracket winner crowned season champion and awarded a $1 million prize.
PFL 2018 playoffs pay structure per MMA Junkie
Playoff champions: $1 million
Playoff runners-up: $200,000
Playoff semifinal losers: $100,000
Playoff quarterfinal losers: $50,000
Heun, who made his pro MMA debut just four months after playing in his final football game as a member of the Warriors at the 2010 Hawaii Bowl has compiled an 11-6 record. Over the last three years Heun has gone 4-2.
"Finally! An opportunity to really make some serious cash in this game! This is an amazing opportunity and I plan on taking full advantage of it, beginning June 7 at Madison Square Garden, it's open season on heavyweights" Heun told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello.
As for Cooper, a Pearl City graduate, he brings a 13-4 record to the 170-pound division having won 10 of his last 12 fights, with eight of those wins coming via first round stoppage.
Regular season matchups have yet to be announced.
2018 PFL SCHEDULE
Thursday, June 21: Chicago Theater, Chicago, IL
Thursday, July 5: GWU Smith Center, Washington, D.C.
Thursday, July 19: Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY
Thursday, August 2: Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY
Thursday, August 16: Ocean Resort Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
Thursday, August 30: Ocean Resort Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
Friday, October 5: Playoff Event (Venue and City TBA)
Saturday, October 13: Playoff Event (Venue and City TBA)
Saturday, October 20: Playoff Event (Venue and City TBA)
Monday, December 31: Championship Event (Venue and City TBA)
Tickets for the June 7th PFL1 regular season event at Madison Square Garden Theater in New York go on sale Wednesday, April 18th, at WWW.PFLMMA.COM.
2018 PFL ROSTER
Featherweight (145 lbs)
Lightweight (155 lbs)
Welterweight (170 lbs)
Ray Cooper III
Middleweight (185 lbs)
Light Heavyweight (205 lbs)
Heavyweight (265 lbs)