Rory MacDonald and David Michaud headline PFL 2 in most important party Ray Cooper III, Emiliano Sordi, Chris Camozzi, Jordan Johnson and Tom Lawlor star in PFL 2 principal card
NEW YORK (March 2, 2021) –The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the swiftest rising and most progressive sports league, nowadays announced its major party and total card matchups for PFL 2, taking position on April 29. Top-10 ranked welterweight and previous Bellator globe champion Rory MacDonald will make his hugely predicted PFL debut when he normally takes on 2019 runner-up David Michaud.
The co-principal occasion options 2019 PFL welterweight winner and Hawaiian knockout equipment Ray Cooper III as he seems to be to start his route to back again-to-back again titles with a clash towards Frenchman Jason Ponet. Cooper is a climbing star in the MMA ranks soon after a slew of spotlight-reel knockouts about his very first two PFL strategies.
The owner of the most dominant PFL season in history, Emiliano Sordi, returns with his sights established on bringing one more gentle heavyweight title again to Argentina as he usually takes on UFC and Glory veteran Chris Camozzi. Sordi completed all five of his opponents, with four in the 1st round, en route to the 2019 PFL title and appears to string together an additional amazing time as he climbs the sport’s gentle heavyweight rankings.
Jordan Johnson and Tom Lawlor will sq. off in a light-weight heavyweight bout that will have important title implications. Johnson was the runner-up to Sordi in 2019 and he has his sights set on clearing the final hurdle this yr to claim the million-greenback top prize. Lawlor, an entertaining veteran, provides a ton of combat working experience as effectively as the charismatic individuality that has created him a admirer favored on the independent skilled wrestling circuit.
Magomed Magomedkerimov, the 2018 welterweight winner, will return for yet another shot at PFL gold when he usually takes on gifted Brazilian Joao Zeferino. Magomedkerimov remains undefeated (8-) in the PFL following possessing to withdraw with an injuries next his quarterfinal acquire in the 2019 Playoffs.
“PFL 2 is confident to be a thrill and whole of suspense,” reported PFL CEO, Peter Murray. “The earth-class expertise that these matchups provide is unmatched, and we just cannot hold out to see all of the action on April 29 on ESPN and ESPN+. This period will carry nonstop enjoyment and a planet-course supporter working experience, and we can’t wait around for it to get started.”
“PFL prides by itself on getting a fighter-to start with business and we appear forward to seeing the exceptional expertise in each matchup,” explained PFL President of Fighter Functions, Ray Sefo. “I’m enthusiastic to see the two the welterweights and light heavyweights are living in action as I know PFL 2 will be a person to don’t forget.”
The 2021 PFL Season will start off April 23 on ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in primetime. The remaining Normal Period gatherings will just take location on April 29, May perhaps 6, June 10, June 17, and June 25.
Professional Fighters League has speedily founded alone as the No. 2 MMA organization in the world. The league has seasoned great YoY development across digital channels – 68% follower raise on Instagram, 30% total viewers expansion throughout digital and a 200% social engagement spike. Domestic linear viewing viewers was up 43% in 2019, and the Championship on New Year’s Eve surpassed 500,000 viewers, a 65% YoY maximize.
2021 PFL 2 combat card
ESPN 2 Card
- Rory MacDonald vs. David Michaud
- Ray Cooper III vs. Jason Ponet
- Jordan Johnson vs. Tom Lawlor
- Emiliano Sordi vs. Chris Camozzi
- Magomed Magomedkerimov vs. Joao Zeferino
- Smealinho Rama vs. Jordan Young
- Cezar Ferreira vs. Nick Roehrick
- Gleison Tibau vs. Aleksei Kunchenko
- Sadibou Sy vs. Nikolai Aleksakhin
- Dan Spohn vs. Marthin Hamlet
(Video clip courtesy of PFL MMA)