Article by Brett Okamoto The PFL’s 2021 season will kick off April 23 and feature one of its most prized offseason signings in former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. Pettis (24-10) will meet Clay Collard (18-8) in the main event of PFL 1, President Ray Sefo told ESPN. The fight will take place at a location still to […]

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Article by Marc Raimondi, ESPN staff writer The PFL will take a firmer stance against athletes missing weight during its 2021 season. A fighter who is overweight on the scale at weigh-ins will be deducted one point in the standings in the PFL’s season structure, promotion officials told ESPN. In previous seasons, a fighter who […]

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Article by Brett Okamoto The Professional Fighters League has announced all of its opening welterweight and light heavyweight matchups for the 2021 season, including Rory MacDonald’s PFL debut. MacDonald (21-6-1) was the company’s top free-agent acquisition in 2020, but his debut was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following a year away from […]

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Professional Fighters League has made a late addition to its 2021 return campaign. PFL signed former UFC veteran Antonio Carlos Junior to a contract this week, Carlos Junior’s manager Ali Abdelaziz told ESPN. Carlos Junior fought at middleweight in the UFC, but Abdelaziz said he would be competing as part of PFL’s light heavyweight season […]

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Article by Brett Okamoto, ESPN staff writer Legendary Brazilian heavyweight Fabricio Werdum will make his PFL debut against Renan Ferreira, PFL president Ray Sefo told ESPN. A former UFC champion, Werdum (24-9-1) will headline a PFL event May 6 in Atlantic City. The card will also feature 2019 PFL champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison against Mariana Morais. The […]

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  Article by ESPN’s MMA Insiders As the UFC looks to kick off 2021 with two elements that were sorely lacking for most of 2020 — Conor McGregor and fans in attendance — this brief pause in the calendar offers the perfect window to take stock and look ahead. So, who will have the best year of all? After […]

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Featherweight Lance Palmer is one of two back-to-back PFL champions seeking a third $1 million title during the 2021 season. PFL   Article by Jeff Wagenheim Lance Palmer has not competed since New Year’s Eve 2019, the night he walked out of Madison Square Garden in New York $1 million dollars richer after winning the PFL featherweight […]

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Anthony Pettis hopes to carry his success in the UFC over into his debut season in the PFL. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports   Article by Jeff Wagenheim Anthony Pettis has been a champion in two MMA promotions, most notably the most star-studded in the world, the UFC. He has defeated many of the greatest lightweights in the […]

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Article by Jeff Wagenheim Rory MacDonald‘s 2015 challenge of UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler was an absolute classic. A year and a half after Lawler had edged out MacDonald by split decision in a nontitle bout, they went at each other relentlessly for the belt for 21 bloody, bruising minutes. MacDonald wobbled Lawler with a head kick […]

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