On paper PFL was a sureshot, they had everything to be a guaranteed success and they even focused on the right things like how to create a fair and exciting promotion, which was great. The rules and structure gave it an interesting appeal that stood out from the rest of the organizations and has had hardcore fans tuning in as well. The million dollar prize was also a huge added incentive for the fighters who participated. Why are the ratings so low then? Granted mma viewership numbers are low in general lately and even hardcore fans can get finicky at times due to being spoiled with an over saturation of mma content in the recent years, but still this has me wondering whether it has to do with the times or their format specifically. I believe the average fan wants to see fights without any added gimmicks, they just want to see a pure fight (or as close to it as possible). The casual just bleed crowd is very simple and barbaric, I doubt that they care much for a structured sport like the soccer tables/standings we see employed by PFL. Purist mma fans don’t care for it either I guess despite it being a system based on finding the best fighter through merit and not popularity. Tournament formats work much better when they have recognizable marquee name fighters participating in them like pride’s, strikeforce and bellators gran prix’s for example. PFL had good intentions but they didn’t take these factors into account and are probably going to overspend so much by the end of the tourney that they will go out of business unfortunately. I for one was excited after the first couple of events but then when the novelty wore off I just thought of it as any other regular 2nd or 3rd tier mma promotion. The X factor just isn’t there to make it stand out special imo. Bellator has it. Pride had it, The ufc had it. It’s something almost indescribable, but for an mma promotion to succeed nowadays , they are going to have to really make an effort to shine through all the over saturation. PFL didn’t make the best first impression possible, I watched the Facebook live event where they took like an hour off between the prelims and main card. Unacceptable. Creating and maintaining a top tier mma org. takes a lot of planning and proper execution. It’s a mix of legit fights between marquee names, having a character for a president (Dana and Coker are both great at what they do but possess drastically different personalities that resonate with fighters and fans), pageantry (super production, pride and ksw type), good memorable announcers , interviewers and commentators, damn even georgeous ring card girls without pointy elbows are demanded by fans nowadays. All in all I hope PFL continues and thrives but I feel that won’t happen. So I hereby utter the typical sherdog words but this time with a new subject: “PFL is dying bro” Rest In Peace PFL.