After a season of hiatus, the PFL is preparing to restart in 2021. And most of the heavyweight and women’s lightweight rosters are already known.
On Tuesday, the promotion officially announced 10 heavyweights and 8 women’s lightweights in Las Vegas for the upcoming season starting April 23. Heavyweight and Women’s Lightweight will compete first on May 6th.
Of the 18 fighters announced, four are former UFC fighters, including a former UFC heavyweight champion. Fabricio Verdham, Those who were signed during the off-season of the promotion.
2019 PFL Heavyweight Champion Ali Isaev and 2019 Women’s Lightweight Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison will try to repeat after the success of the season two years ago.
Check out the full heavyweight and women’s lightweight roster below:
RIZIN’s multiple rivals, Bruno Cappellozza We haven’t been competing since losing to Jiri Prochazka in July 2018. Other than RIZIN, Cappelozza dominated the Brazilian regional scene and recorded many first round knockouts in his 10-year career.
Antederia Return to the PFL shortly after the dispute. In October, Deriha signed with the UFC to fight Ciryl Gane. However, due to contractual issues with the PFL, he was unable to fight and later broke up with the UFC.
6ft-10 heavyweight, Renan Ferreira Presents a rare match to all the opponents he faces. Ferreira has lost only once since 2017 – and it was due to disqualification. He recently appeared in August 2019 when he submitted Jared Vanderaa in the second round of triangle choke.
Dennis Gortsov It will return to the PFL after being screened 3-1 during the 2019 season. He was eliminated in the playoff semifinals when he was knocked out in the last second of a three-round battle with final champion Isaev.
2019 PFL Heavyweight Champion Isaev is back. Falling asleep in the eyes of many, Isaev defeated Valdrin Istefi, Karl Sumanutafa, Kelvin Tiller and Dennis Gortsov on their way to the finals. In the title clinch performance, Isaev defeated former UFC fighter Jared Roshold in the fourth round of TKO.
One of Germany’s Top Pound for Pound Fighters, Hatef Moeil Ride six consecutive victories in his PFL debut. He has defeated former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez and UFC Alum’s James Maxweeney.
U.S. military veteran, Brandon Sayles It has not been very active in recent years. But when he competed, he was successful. In 2018, Sayles was nailed as the first professional opponent to play against Greg Hardy. However, I had to pull it out because of my injury.
UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman’s Brother, Mohammed Usman After a successful tenure at Titan FC, he finally took a step towards MMA’s Major League Baseball. Fortis MMA members have won four consecutive PFL debuts.
Former UFC Heavyweight Candidate Justin Willis We signed PFL in 2019, but haven’t made our debut yet due to the delay in the COVID-19 pandemic. Willis broke up with the UFC despite a 4 to 1 appearance.
Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Verdham It is one of the largest acquisitions of PFL in the off-season. Werdum enters the PFL with two hree of 5. In his final UFC battle in late July, Verdham defeated Alexander Gustafsson with the submission of Armbar in the first round.
Former UFC and Berator fighter Cindy Dandowa I’m adding PFL to her resume. She will win three consecutive battles on her promotional debut. Belgian MMA pioneer Dandoy made his professional debut in January 2009.
Outstanding kickboxer, Jenna Fabian We have re-entered the field of mixed martial arts for the 2019 season of the PFL. After losing to Bobby-Jo Dalziel, Fabian defeated Moriel Charneski in the first round of TKO. He then played against Kayla Harrison in the playoffs, but withdrew from the fight.
One of PFL’s faces, 2019 female lightweight champion Harrison, will be back to back. Harrison, undefeated in his previous MMA career, fought in Invicta in November and remained active during the PFL’s hiatus. She defeated Court Knee King in the second round of TKO.
After starting her professional MMA career 5-0, Olena Kolesnik faced some difficulties with Invicta FC. Upon entering her PFL debut, Kolesnik lost a series of battles between Invicta’s outstanding Pam Sorenson and Felicia Spencer.
Outstanding in the Brazilian regional scene, Maria Namorice He has participated in 26 professional battles, but is only 25 years old. She has won three consecutive victories in Shooto Brazil. She is competing with MMA celebrities such as Ariane Lipski, Carol Rosa, Vanessa Porto, Lara Procopio, Norma Dumont, Vanessa Melo, Jennifer Maia and Roxanne Modafferi.
Former UFC fighter Larissa Pacheco I participated in PFL four times in 2019. She defeated Sarah Kaufman and Bobby Joe Darjeel 2-2. Both losses were brought about by a unanimous decision to Harrison – one in the regular season and one in the final.
Julija Pajic, the representative of Montenegro, was born in Germany and lives in Croatia. She has been undefeated so far in her professional career, finishing three times with two knockouts and one submission.
Laura Sanchez will enter the 2021 PFL Women’s Lightweight Season as the least professional fighter. She made her professional debut in January 2020 and finished Miranda Barber in the first round of TKO.
– MMA Sports
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