Fight fans can mark next April 23 on their calendars for the next edition of the Professional Fighters League (PFL).

The organization announced the date of their 2021 season today that will feature the return of defending women’s lightweight champion Kayla Harrison, welterweight champion Ray Cooper III, and some new signings which include some former UFC ranked contenders like Olivier Aubin-Mercier and Rory MacDonald.

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The PFL 2021 Season. Courtesy PFL.

Regular season events begin a month early starting with April 29, May 6, June 10, June 17, and June 25.

“We’re thrilled to announce an early start date for the 2021 PFL Season and we look forward to building on the positive momentum experienced in a historic first season on ESPN,” PFL CEO, Peter Murray said in a press release. “In 2021, the PFL will deliver an elevated, immersive, and interactive fan viewing experience incorporating expanded, real-time fighter data and analytics from our proprietary SmartCage technology, behind-the-scenes access, the return of ref cam, and more. Our champions return looking to earn another title, while a fresh crop of exciting new fighters will challenge for the top spot in MMA. Additional contenders will be unveiled in the leadup to what we believe will be the biggest season in PFL history.”

In the PFL, fighters accumulate points by winning fights – with more points given for finishes – towards qualifying for a playoff seeding and advance via tournament format to win the title and million-dollar prize.

The dates for the playoffs and PFL Championship is expected to be announced at a later date.

 @kenaiandrews PFL announces 2021 season set to begin next April 23 on ESPN2