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Congress Heights to Host PFL Championship

Events DC, the District’s official convention and sports authority, and the Professional Fighters League (PFL) will partner to host the playoff semifinal matches at the new Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights on Oct. 20.

The PFL is the first organization to present mixed martial arts in a regular season, playoffs and championship format.

“With the District’s rich history in boxing and mixed martial arts, Events DC is excited to partner with the Pro Fighters League to host the league’s highly-anticipated semifinal matches, as one of the first events at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights this fall,” said Gregory O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC. “We appreciate the PFL’s commitment to Washington, D.C., and look forward to an ongoing partnership that provides new entertainment offerings for D.C. residents to experience and enjoy.”

Events DC said the District has a steep history in boxing and mixed martial arts and that it plans to keep the tradition alive and vibrant.

The 120,000-square-foot facility will be home court for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and the city’s G League team, Capital City Go-Go. The arena will also host additional sporting and entertainment events, including boxing and mixed martial arts cards, musical concerts and more.

Additionally, the venue will serve as the official state-of-the art training facility for the NBA Washington Wizards.

“We are excited to be bringing our unique brand of MMA back to the Washington, D.C., area,” said PFL CEO Peter Murray.

The league’s regular season will conclude Aug. 30. The top eight in each weight-class will then face off in single-elimination playoff fights on three consecutive weekends in October.

The season will conclude on New Year’s Eve with six championship bouts, with each winner earning a $1,000,000 prize and the title of PFL champion.

“It has been a monumental first regular season for the PFL and we are intent on continuing to elevate our brand through strong partners like Events DC,” Murray said. “It is truly an honor to be able to bring a global property like the PFL to a beautiful new venue like the Entertainment and Sports Arena.”

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Sarafina Wright –Washington Informer Staff Writer

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s millennial publication. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, she attended Howard University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. A proud southern girl, her lineage can be traced to the Gullah people inhabiting the low-country of South Carolina. The history of the Gullah people and the Geechee Dialect can be found on the top floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In her spare time she enjoys watching either college football or the Food Channel and experimenting with make-up. When she’s not writing professionally she can be found blogging at www.sarafinasaid.com. E-mail: Swright@washingtoninformer.com Social Media Handles: Twitter: @dreamersexpress, Instagram: @Sarafinasaid, Snapchat: @Sarafinasaid

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