Don’t look now, but with the spring equinox just around the corner, so is the third season of the Professional Fighters League.
The PFL, formerly the World Series of Fighting, began its reformatted events in the summer of 2018, this after the promotion staged three initial events during the last half of the 2017 calendar year.
These initial events included an outdoor event in Daytona Beach marred by inclement weather that forced the suspension of a NASCAR Xfinity Series race to the next day.
Since then, the PFL has grown from a television deal with the NBC Sports Group and NBCSN to a deal with ESPN that saw the latter become an authority in television and streaming media for mixed martial arts in this country.
With the growth in broadcasting, so goes the PFL’s active roster.
It was already previously announced that all six division champions from last year’s competition will return to the fold in the PFL for its 2020 season beginning May 21 with PFL 1*, but they’ve also gotten some other notable signees to join the promotion for the new season.
*The numbering of events resets back to 1 with each new season.*
In late December, just days before the Christmas holiday, the PFL announced the signing of former Bellator MMA stalwart Rory MacDonald after Bellator allowed his contract to expire.
Recent times have brought other familiar names like Olivier Aubin-Mercier, who most recently fought in the UFC’s Lightweight division and has not appeared in a fight since UFC 240 last summer, fellow former UFC Lightweight stalwart Johnny Case, and former UFC Heavyweight Justin Willis.
Mohammed Usman, the brother of Welterweight Kamaru Usman of the UFC, was also recently acquired by the PFL to compete as a Heavyweight.
For my money, the most impressive name out of the list of new PFL signees is this one:
For those who aren’t familiar with Jason Soares, he formerly held the TITAN FC Featherweight championship, having initially won the belt in April of 2018, defending the title three subsequent times, most recently last August, before leaving TITAN.
Soares joins the PFL at 14-0 and has been booked for the May 21 event against two-time defending PFL Featherweight champion Lance Palmer (22-3).
If that isn’t the night’s main event, I’d be very stunned.
With all of the recent signees to the roster, as well as the six division champions, such as Palmer and Women’s Lightweight champion Kayla Harrison, returning this year, I think the PFL sets up very well for its third season.
In a word, the roster for 2020 in the PFL is stacked.
I believe that with names like Rory MacDonald, Jason Soares, Kayla Harrison, and Lance Palmer, just to name a few, the PFL sets itself up to once again become appointment television on Thursday nights this summer.
I know I’ll watch.
What about you?
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