Another MMA promotion has pulled the plug on events for the foreseeable future. In a statement released to media outlets, PFL CEO Peter Murray announced that the fighting league was putting its season on hold.
The Professional Fighters League, which runs a merit-based, tournament format through a “regular season” and “playoffs,” airs on ESPN (TSN on Canada), with a million dollars going to the winner in each weight class at the end of the season.
2020 was to be the league’s third season. The promotion was formed out of the ashes of the World Series of Fighting, with Ray Sefo also serving as an executive. This year, the likes of Rory MacDonald and Olivier-Aubin Mercier were expected to join the league, in addition to returning favorites like Kayla Harrison and Lance Palmer.
No date has been set for the PFL’s potential return. Murray’s statement can be read in its entirety below:
“The Professional Fighters League is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 global crisis closely and assessing its impact on the PFL 2020 Season.
The health and safety of our fighters, fans, partners, and league personnel remain our top priority.
In light of this unprecedented pandemic, we are adjusting our plan for the rest of this year and look forward to starting our next season as soon as it is feasible. We are committed to continuing to evolve and grow the sport of MMA.”