Even with its 2020 season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Professional Fighters League is still looking to improve its roster.
The promotion on Tuesday announced eight new signings, including 15-time UFC veteran Cezar Ferreira (middleweight). The other additions include: “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” 3 cast member Joilton Lutterbach (lightweight), UFC and WSOF veteran Sheymon Moraes (featherweight), ex-KOK champ Hatef Moeil (heavyweight), one-time UFC competitor Sung Bin Jo (featherweight), LFA veteran and Team Nogueira product Renan Ferreira (heavyweight), ex-Cage Warriors title challenger Marthin Hamlet (light heavyweight) and three-promotion regional champ Brandon Sayles (heavyweight).
Cezar “Mutante” is the most notable of the signings, with a 9-6 UFC mark that included victories over the likes of Nate Marquardt, Jack Hermansson, Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos during his promotional tenure.
“We are extremely excited to welcome a diverse group of world-class talent to the Professional Fighters League as part of the 2021 roster,” PFL president Ray Sefo said in a release. “The addition of elite competitors from countries such as Brazil, Norway, South Korea and Germany is representative of PFL’s global reach. We look forward to seeing what these fighters can do on the biggest stage, as they look to advance through a Regular Season, Playoffs and Championship and earn a title and million-dollar prize.”
The PFL 2021 campaign is expected to begin in April 2021 and features fighters from six weight classes competing for a $1 million prize through a regular season and playoff format. Events will be broadcast on ESPN2, ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes.
The new signings are part of PFL’s commitment to change its roster by 50 percent from the 2019 season. Earlier this year, PFL signed Mohammed Usman, Jordan Young, Johnny Case and “Olivier Aubin- Mercier and Bubba Jenkins.
“PFL is a global brand with distribution to over 160 countries, and top talent from around the world are recognizing the unique opportunity PFL provides in terms of competing on the biggest stage, against the best competition, for an equal shot at a title and life- changing money,” said PFL CEO Peter Murray. “We are committed to consistently elevating our roster and we’re excited about the depth of talent that will be on display in 2021. Through PFL Studios and our wide network of distribution partners, we look forward to telling their stories and documenting each individual’s journey to the top of the sport.”