PFL to Host 2021 Regular Season in Atlantic City Within ‘Bubble Environment’

By Jay Pettry Mar 4, 2021

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The Professional Fighters League has its home for its upcoming tournament season.

Via press release from the organization on Thursday, each of the six fight cards of the PFL regular season will be held at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. The league has erected a “state-of-the-art” bubble environment, which will require fighters to check in 17 days before their bouts to quarantine. The PFL will be running heightened COVID-19 protocols in order to preserve all of the tournament matchups. It is unclear how the promotion will handle short-notice replacement fights in the event of a fighter's withdrawal, or if any competitor falls ill. No fans will be allowed to attend any of these events.

PFL CEO Peter Murray discussed the decision in the release, stating, “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.”

Within the bubble, the fighters will have access to training rooms and will be provided with varying meals while they reside inside the bubble. The PFL is partnering with equipment provider Fuji, who will be stocking the training center, training rooms and warm-up areas with whatever fighters need to prepare. All the while, fighters will be subjected to daily COVID-19 tests, must wear their masks when around others and will not be allowed to come in close proximity to one another.

The 2021 PFL season will commence on April 23, where it will begin a three-week stretch of events that include shows on April 29 and May 6 for the first leg of the regular season. The first fight card will consist of featherweights and lightweights, while the April 29 show will play host to the welterweight division and light heavyweight. The May 6 card will contain heavyweights and women’s lightweight participants. The second half of the season takes place on June 10, 17 and 25, which will determine the seeding for the fall playoffs. All events are slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT on the ESPN+ prelims, with main cards kicking off on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

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