PFL Leaps To No. 2 In Latest MMA Social Media Engagement Metrics

PFL Leaps To No. 2 In Newest MMA Social Media Engagement Metrics

It’s been a busy two weeks in fight sports activities. Each main combined martial arts promotion has had a present of significance. Terence Crawford solidified his standing as the highest pound-for-pound boxer on the planet, Jake Paul scored a unanimous-decision win over Nate Diaz within the newest crossover novelty scrap. Even Logan Paul placed on a present at WWE SummerSlam earlier than catching a personal jet to observe his little brother in motion.

For sure, social media has been abuzz with regards to fight sports activities. The same old kings of clicks, the UFC are firmly entrenched as the largest drivers on a number of platforms. The race for No. 2 is the place issues get slightly attention-grabbing with Skilled Fighters League starting to place vital distance between itself Bellator and ONE Championship

I spoke with Jonathan Cohen of Bedrock PR, a social media listening agency for specifics. Cohen offered information on every promotion and its associated fighters. Listed here are the rankings in whole social media following throughout all platforms.

*Fb, Twitter/X, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok have been the channels measured.

  • UFC – 109M
  • One Championship – 56.04M
  • Bellator MMA – 8.39M
  • Skilled Fighters League – 7.27M

Regardless of these uncooked numbers which might be partially defined by the size of time every promotion has been in existence (UFC 30 years, ONE 12 years, Bellator 15 years and PFL six years), PFL sits just below 1,000,000 beneath Bellator with regards to total followers. Per the information offered, Skilled Fighters League has been No. 2 by way of being talked about in essentially the most Tweets. Between Might – July, 2023; the Twitter deal with @PFLMMA was talked about in 222,867 Tweets, second solely to @UFC which was talked about in 696,301 Tweets.”

From the spectacular UFC 291 card, the promotion’s tweet of Justin Gaethje’s sensational head-kick KO of Dustin Poirier has been considered a exceptional 4.1 million instances because it occurred on July 29, and that’s simply the quantity of engagement from the UFC’s official Twitter account. Including within the views of the video from different major MMA and fight sports activities accounts and platforms would make the quantity all of the extra astronomical.

Here’s a breakdown of these numbers from Might – July, 2023

  • @UFC – 696,301 Tweets
  • @PFLMMA – 222,867 Tweets
  • @ONEChampionship – 49,550 Tweets
  • @BellatorMMA – 32,542 Tweets

PFL’s signing of Francis Ngannou and Cedric Doumbe proved to be among the many greatest needle movers. Ngannou’s recognition has solely grown since he reached free company and subsequently signed a cope with PFL. He’s at present making ready to face Tyson Fury in a boxing match on October 28.

Ngannou’s prime publish of the final three months was an Instagram photograph selling his October battle with Fury, that acquired 1,109,262 engagements.. His second-best performing publish was a TikTok video selling the battle. I used to be on the PFL Playoffs in San Antonio on Friday and there have been a number of promotions of the Ngannou-Fury battle, which additional exhibits the promotion’s help of the previous UFC champion’s want to field.

Except for Ngannou, Doumbe was additionally a scorching ticket on social media for PFL-related ideas.

Three of the 5 Tweets mentioning @PFLMMA getting essentially the most engagements over the past 3 months have been posted by Doumbé. For instance, a coaching video exhibiting Doumbé and Salahdine Parnasse coaching collectively, acquired 6,693 engagements and 1.7 million views. Even earlier than his promotional debut, Doumbé’s two-year contract with the Skilled Fighters League is already elevating the corporate’s profile on social media.

As we transfer towards the PFL Championship in November, there may be an rising likelihood we’ll see the promotion’s social media profile proceed to rise. Is there an opportunity that we see it surpass Bellator in whole following?

Based mostly on the tendencies and tempo, that’s most likely not a nasty wager.

Except for UFC 291 content material, which blew away the competitors from July 29 – August 4, the highest UFC publish between Might-July 2023 was an Instagram posts saying Islam Makhachev vs. Charles Oliveira 2 and Paulo Costa vs. Khamzat Chimaev as the primary official fights of UFC 294. That publish acquired 1,390,251 engagements. Different prime posts by UFC in that point interval embrace a TikTok of Keith Lee selling an ESPN battle, and pictures on YouTube of Alan Klingbeil dropping Vernon Cathey in Energy Slap.

The highest Bellator publish within the final 3 months was a TikTok of Yoel Romero barking on the digital camera after his unanimous-decision loss to Vadim Nemkov in June, with 176,771 engagements.

In the meantime a Fb clip of Conor McGregor interrupting the Charlie Ward/John Redmond battle at Bellator 187 was their subsequent greatest performing publish. That’s a bit deceiving contemplating McGregor is primarily related to the UFC.

The largest evening for ONE Championship on social media within the final 3 months was on Might 5, round ONE Combat Evening 10: Johnson vs. Moraes 3. On Might 5, there have been 20,796 Tweets mentioning both ONE Combat Evening 10, ONE Championship, or headliners Demetrious Johnson or Adriano Moraes. Johnson is a future UFC Corridor of Famer, so there may be one other tie-in to the undisputed MMA king.

The highest performing associated Tweet on the evening (apart from by media retailers), acquired 8,041 engagements. It was a publish from @MMAPauli about nonetheless not believing UFC traded Johnson for Ben Askren again in 2018.

With the beginning of free company for heavyweight Derrick Lewis, the PFL Playoffs on August 18, Mike Tyson agreeing to assist prepare Ngannou, Dana White’s Tuesday Evening Contender collection restarting for a seventh season on August 8, Bellator 298 on August 11 and UFC 292 on August 19, the engagement over the subsequent three months might see one more bump.

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