PFL’s 2020 class includes several UFC vets

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The PFL announced a new class of signees, including several UFC and Bellator MMA veterans, for its 2020 regular season on Tuesday.

Some of the more established names amongst the announcement included former UFC lightweight Johnny Case (27-7-1), former Bellator lightweight title challenger Marcin Held (26-7) and NCAA Division I national champion wrestler and former Bellator featherweight Bubba Jenkins (14-4).

The list also includes heavyweight Mohammed Usman, brother of UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

The rest of the signees are lightweights Olivier Aubin-Mercier (earlier reported by ESPN) and Clay Collard, female lightweight Cindy Dandois and Laura Sanchez, and light heavyweights Justin Willis and Jordan Young.

“I’m proud to welcome this diverse and talented group of top-ranked and highly sought-after fighters to the Professional Fighters League (PFL),” stated CEO Peter Murray. “Half of the 2020 season roster will be elevated with next-level new talent and the other half comprised of the best fighters from last season.”

The PFL has made an effort to turn over at least 50 percent of its 2019 roster. The promotion’s biggest offseason acquisition was signing former UFC title challenger and Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald.

The PFL’s regular season begins on May 21. Earlier this month, the promotion announced the return of all six of its 2019 champions, including female lightweight and U.S. Olympic judoka Kayla Harrison.

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