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PFL CEO, Peter Murray, has announced via a press release that the 2020 PFL season will be delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“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.”
The PFL 2020 season hadn’t yet been given a start date but it was expected to kick off within the next few months and would have been the promotions third season. As of yet there is no news whether PFL will still run a 2020 season later this year or whether the season will be delayed until 2021.
The move doesn’t come as a great surprise with events across the globe being cancelled as governments ban large gatherings of people. This makes is extremely difficult for MMA events to be held as corner teams, fighters, officials, commentators and other broadcasting staff are all required to be in the same place for the event.
PFL follows other MMA organisations including UFC, Bellator and Cage Warriors that have been forced to postpone MMA events due to the global pandemic.