The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the fastest growing and most innovative sports league, today announced that its 2021 Regular Season will be held in a state-of-the-art bubble environment at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, NJ.
The PFL is returning to Ocean Casino Resort following exceptional experiences in previous seasons, with the newly renovated and expansive footprint at the venue’s Ovation Hall allowing the company’s industry-leading production team to create an unparalleled made-for-TV and streaming regular season. At this juncture, there will be no fans in attendance.
“PFL is excited to be back on ESPN to showcase our MMA 2.0 product – featuring returning champions, new star signings and next-generation SmartCage technology innovation,” said PFL CEO, Peter Murray. “Our six regular-season events will be staged at the world-class Ocean Casino Resort where we’ve held successful events in the past. The property has all of the necessary amenities to support our athletes in a bubble environment to ensure their safety as it relates to COVID-19.”
The health, safety, and well-being of fighters and staff as well as the integrity of the season format is paramount to the league. The PFL will work with leading health experts to ensure all necessary protocols are adhered to, including daily COVID-19 tests, mask requirements, and fighters will be kept separated in the leadup to their bouts.
The league will support its athletes with full access to training facilities and the PFL cage, as well as a variety of meal options throughout the duration of their time in Atlantic City. Athletes will be reporting to the bubble 17 days prior to their scheduled fights, allowing for initial quarantine and additional measures to ensure full participation. The PFL’s regular season bubble in Atlantic City will mark the debut of Fuji as an Official MMA Equipment Provider of the PFL. As part of the partnership agreement, the company’s products will be integrated into the PFL Training Center, PFL Training Rooms, warm-up areas onsite providing best-in-class equipment to the PFL’s world-class fighters ahead of their bouts.
The PFL season kicks off on April 23 and is headlined by newcomer and former world champion Anthony Pettis taking on knockout specialist Clay Collard. The main card will also feature two-time PFL champions Natan Schulte and Lance Palmer as they look to jumpstart their campaigns in matchups against Marcin Held and Bubba Jenkins, respectively. The 2021 PFL season will air on ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in primetime. The remaining Regular Season events will take place on April 29, May 6, June 10, June 17, and June 25.
Professional Fighters League has quickly established itself as the No. 2 MMA company in the world and continues to evolve its unmatched offerings by bringing premier fighters, executives, technology, and global partners into the organization.