According to PFL CEO Peter Murray, the promotion will resume in 2021, and all contract fighters will receive a monthly cash allowance to keep them.
MMA Junkie confirmed the news with a PFL official on Monday after being first reported by ESPN. The PFL then issued a statement in a press release.
“In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Professional Fighters League has postponed our next 2020 season to spring 2021,” said Murray. “The PFL is a global MMA league with athletes from over 25 countries, and our decision is guided by the health and safety of our fighters, fans, partners and event staff.
“The mission of the PFL is to evolve and develop the sport of MMA, and we look forward to organizing our unique sport season format with regular season, playoff and championship events on ESPN platforms year round next. PFL has always focused on providing the best MMA product for television, and we will continue to offer the most innovative combat experience in the future. Fans can also hope that the PFL will boost our workforce with new signings from championship caliber hunters like Rory MacDonald. “
The PFL typically begins its regular season in late spring before switching to a tournament playoff format. It would end with the rounds of the championship on New Year’s Eve in New York, awarding the winner in each weight category a prize of $ 1 million.
The PFL initially suspended the season amid growing concern over the coronavirus epidemic. Murray said the promotion feels compelled to continue supporting the athletes and will try to continue creating content until the live events resume.
“For the rest of 2020, the PFL will support our fighters with a monthly cash allowance to help alleviate these difficult times,” said Murray. “In addition, for sports fans who, we know, are looking for compelling content, the PFL will provide new, original programming on the ESPN and PFL platforms. PFL will continue to be an innovator in the world of sport. “