Taylor Pulled By NYSAC, Harrison To Headline PFL 1
Louis Taylor out of the PFL's second season
A champion from last year will not be making his return to the Professional Fighters League as planned. Louis Taylor, who won the PFL Middleweight Championship back on their New Year’s Eve show, has announced that he will not be competing this May when season two kicks off.
He posted on Instagram that he will be watching the fights as a fan.
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PSA: Thank You So Much @pflmma @sugarraysefo for giving me the chance to compete 2018 & 2019 unfortunately Life throws curve balls and I will not be competing this season. I’ve searched my entire career for a home in MMA so I’ll be watching as a fan Next Thursday May 9th. PFL on ESPN is Going to be Amazing!
Taylor (18-4-1), age 39, was set to move to welterweight after the men’s middleweight division was scrapped in favor of a women’s division. Up until today, it was expected Taylor would stay on at welterweight.
In an update from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Taylor’s been pulled from the PFL season due to his license and medicals being denied by the New York State Athletic Commission, the home of many PFL cards in the next months.
“Louis Taylor has been removed from the 2019 PFL season roster due to his inability to be licensed by the state of New York,” the PFL wrote in a statement.
“Louis was a great representative of the PFL during his run to the 2018 middleweight title and the League is grateful for his contribution to the PFL.”
“I’m not trying to distract from this PFL season, especially right now,” Taylor said. “I don’t really want to speak on it until the season is going. I don’t want to distract from this inaugural event they got going. It’s gonna be a great season. I don’t want to cast any negativity their way. I want PFL to get everything they’re trying to build towards. They gave me a platform.”
Two-time Olympic gold medalist, Kayla Harrison, now headlines the card, as she will face off against Svetlana Khautova.