PFL Puts Its 2020 Season On Hold Due To The Coronavirus
One of the most interesting formats in all of MMA will have to work out a few things as a result of a global pandemic. The Professional Fighters League announced that its third season will be delayed. It is unknown a new start time due to the coronavirus.
PFL CEO Peter Murray stated the following in a release:
“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.”
While it is not uncommon for a promotion to postpone an event nowadays, the PFL is normally under a tight schedule.
The regular season normally starts in May, with events rolling on from June to August. Fighters would compete twice before the playoffs start in October. Championship rounds would then commence with fighters competing twice in one night if victorious. When all is said and done, the finals would take place on New Year’s Eve in New York City.
It is unknown how the PFL would adjust its schedule, if the season was to start at a reasonable time. Murray, however, is determined that the 2020 season will happen. The organization just signed a number of fighters, including Tom Lawlor, Olivier Aubin-Mercier and Rory MacDonald, among others.