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Former UH Football player Heun eyes million dollar prize in the PFL

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) 

Alexandre Almeida
Max Coga
Lee Coville
Marcos Galvão
Andre Harrison
Magomed Idrisov 
Bekbulat Magomedov
Nazareno Malegarie
Lance Palmer
Steven Siler
Juma Tuerxun
Timur Valiev

Lightweight (155 lbs) 

Will Brooks
Luiz Firmino
Brian Foster
Jason High
Yuki Kawana
Islam Mamedov 
Rashid Magomedov
Ramsey Nijem
Natan Schulte
Thiago Tavares
Chris Wade
Robert Watley

Welterweight (170 lbs) 

Paul Bradley
Ray Cooper III
Pavlo Kusch
Abubakar Nurmagomedov
Jake Shields
Rick Story 
Herman Terrado
Bojan Velickovic
Yuri Villefort
Jonatan Westin
Magomed Magomedkerimov
João Zeferino

Middleweight (185 lbs) 

Shamil Gamzatov
Anderson Goncalves
Eddie Gordon
Rex Harris
John Howard
Andre Lobato 
Abus Magomedov
Bruno Santos
Sadibou Sy
Louis Taylor
Gasan Umalatov
Danillo Villefort

Light Heavyweight (205 lbs) 

Jamie Abdallah
Bazigit Ataev
Jason Butcher
Rakim Cleveland
Maxim Grishin
Brandon Halsey 
Vinny Magalhaes
Ronny Markes
Sean O'Connell
Smealinho Rama
Dan Spohn
Rashid Yusupov

Heavyweight (265 lbs) 


Caio Alencar
Francimar Barroso
Josh Copeland
Daniel Gallemore
Denis Goltsov
Jake Heun

Valdrin Istrefi
Shawn Jordan
Mike Kyle
Jack May
Jared Rosholt
Nick Rossborough


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