On Thursday, it was announced that the PFL 2021 regular season would be held in a state-of-the-art bubble in Atlantic City.
State-of-the-art Bubble for PFL 2021 Regular Season
On April 23, live on ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ the Professional Fighters League (PFL) returns. And their bubble will be held at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. 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 lead-up 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 PFL 2021 regular season will air on ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in primetime. The remaining PFL 2021 Regular Season events will take place on April 29, May 6, June 10, June 17, and June 25.
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