The PFL is finding back again to organization commencing future spring.
The tournament-primarily based marketing on Tuesday introduced a return to motion with its 2021 time, beginning with an celebration on April 23, a person calendar year immediately after the suspension of its 3rd year because of to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The April 23 celebration airs on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+. There are 5 other dates for the standard time: April 29, May perhaps 6, June 10, June 17, and June 25. Facts on the event’s area and location ended up not produced.
Amongst those introduced by the advertising to return to the PFL cage: Season 2 lightweight champ Kayla Harrison Period 2 welterweight winner Ray Cooper III previous UFC and Bellator star Rory MacDonald UFC vets Johnny Scenario and Olivier Aubin-Mercier and former Bellator standout and Brave FC featherweight winner Bubba Jenkins.
Notably absent from the listing is two-time featherweight champ Lance Palmer, whose reps just lately threatened a lawsuit if the marketing did not release him from agreement amid a dispute over inactivity.
For every the advertising, the to start with a few functions of the impending year will make it possible for fighters to earn factors for publish-season enjoy, when the remaining three will decide seeds for $1 million dollar tournaments held across six bodyweight classes. Retaining with custom, the finals will get put on New Year’s Eve. Preceding PFL frequent seasons have run about 7 situations.
Considering the fact that shutting its doorways, the PFL has paid out athletes a stipend throughout the slowdown brought about by the pandemic. That has not saved fighters from speaking out about the promotion’s business tactics, specifically the conclusion to hold off the return to business right after the UFC and Bellator have accomplished so.
In a press launch, PFL CEO Peter Murray reported the advertising seems ahead to rebuilding momentum.
“Our champions return on the lookout to earn a further title, when a clean crop of thrilling new fighters will problem for the leading location in MMA,” he stated in a press launch. “Additional contenders will be unveiled in the lead up to what we think will be the most important period in PFL record.”