The Professional Fighters League is used to being an outlier in the combat sports landscape.

Unlike other mixed martial arts firms where athletes vie for rankings in standalone matches, the PFL has a league structure with a play-off and a post-season.

Every year builds toward a big, New Year’s Eve show where 12 fighters compete against one another in different weight classes. The six winners leave the arena with a $US1 million check each.

The PFL stayed true to that outlier tendency in 2020 as it was the only major fight firm to postpone its entire year when the coronavirus infection rate began escalating around the world.

Other MMA businesses scrambled behind-the-scenes to get back to business. After a brief period of live event cancelations, the UFC returned to operations in May, while One Championship and Bellator MMA restarted their calendar of live events last month.