The Professional Fighters League announced Monday that it is postponing its 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic, with plans to resume its format of a regular season and playoffs in the spring of 2021. For this year, according to a prepared statement, the PFL will create "new original programming." The announcement stated that PFL fighters will continue to be paid their monthly cash stipends throughout 2020.
"PFL is a global MMA league, with athletes from over 25 countries," PFL CEO Peter Murray told ESPN. "Our team decided that first and foremost, for the health and safety of our fighters, fans, business partners and event personnel, with so much uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, we determined this is the best course of action. It's prudent and guided by safety. Our decision is to push back the upcoming season, which was previously scheduled to begin in May, to spring 2021 on ESPN."