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Saudi Sports Fund Makes Debut Big Investment in MMA

Saudi Arabia's latest venture into sports investment takes a dynamic turn as SRJ Sports Investments marks its debut by securing a stake in the Professional Fighters League (PFL), signalling a significant move into the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) realm. Established just this month, SRJ has clinched a minority share in the PFL and will also invest in the upcoming regional league, PFL MENA, slated for a 2024 launch.

While the precise extent of SRJ's involvement in the PFL remains undisclosed, reports from the Financial Times estimate the investment at a whopping $100 million. This strategic move comes on the heels of the PFL's valuation last year, standing at an impressive $500 million. As part of the agreement, Saudi Arabia is set to host prominent PFL pay-per-view events, underscoring SRJ's vision to catalyse the sports sector's expansion in Saudi Arabia and the wider MENA region.

The broader implications of SRJ's foray into MMA spark speculation regarding the future alignment of other Saudi-backed sports entities, including LIV Golf, Newcastle United, and Formula 1 holdings. Uncertainty looms over whether these ventures will remain under the purview of the Public Investment Fund or transition to SRJ's domain. Moreover, the exact financial resources at SRJ's disposal remain shrouded in mystery, although initial reports hinted at a multi-billion-dollar allocation.

With the PFL collaboration potentially setting the precedent for future endeavours, SRJ could pivot towards attracting major sporting events to the Middle East. Notably, Saudi Arabia already hosts a Formula 1 Grand Prix and golf tournaments, while the Saudi Pro League is actively courting international soccer luminaries and exploring participation in prestigious competitions like the UEFA Champions League.


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