Full Heavyweight, Women’s Lightweight Rosters Announced for 2021 PFL Season

By: Tristen Critchfield
Feb 9, 2021

There will be some new faces in the Professional Fighters League heavyweight and women’s lightweight divisions this season.

The promotion announced the full rosters for both weight classes on Tuesday. Heavyweight is led by defending champion Ali Isaev, who bested Denis Goltsov — who is also returning — in the 2019 final. Notable newcomers include ex-UFC heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum and Mohammed Usman, the brother of UFC welterweight king Kamaru Usman. Other new talents such as Justin Willis, Ante Delija, Renan Ferreira, Bruno Cappelozza and Brandon Sayles will also vie for the $1 million prize.

Meanwhile, the PFL’s most recognizable star, Kayla Harrison returns to defend her 155-pound title after defeating Larissa Pacheco in the 2019 championship. New additions to the weight class include Mariana Morais, Olena Kolesnyk and Julija Pajic.

“Our fighters continue to showcase their smarts, grit and bold personalities as we get closer and closer to the season, and we are excited to support them in their journeys with the PFL,” said PFL CEO Peter Murray. “Each fighter has his or her own unique journey and we are confident the PFL will provide them and our fans with ample opportunity for exciting matchups making it a great season.”

The PFL season kicks off on April 23. The heavyweights and women’s lightweights will be featured at an event on May 6. Cards will air on ESPN2, ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes.

PFL Heavyweight Roster:
Bruno Henrique Cappelozza
Ante Delija
Renan Ferreira
Denis Goltsov
Ali Isaev
Hatef Moeil
Brandon Sayles
Mohammed Usman
Justin Willis
Fabricio Werdum

PFL Women’s Lightweight Roster:
Cindy Dandois
Genah Fabian
Kayla Harrison
Helena Kolesnyk
Mariana Morais
Larissa Pacheco
Julija Pajic
Laura Sanchez
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