The Professional Fighters League (PFL) announced on February 9, 2021 its heavyweight and women’s lightweight rosters for the 2021 regular season, which will premiere on April 23, 2021. Events throughout the season will be on ESPN2, ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes in primetime.
After the premiere, the remaining 2021 PFL Season events will take place on April 29, 2021, on May 6, 2021, on June 10, 2021, on June 17, 2021 and on June 25, 2021. The 2021 PFL women’s lightweight (155 lbs.) roster includes:
- Cindy Dandois
- Genah Fabian
- Kayla Harrison
- Olena Kolesnyk
- Mariana Morais
- Larissa Pacheco
- Julija Pajic
- Laura Sanchez
Kayla Harrison, 30, of New York City, New York, United States is the reigning PFL Women’s Lightweight Champion. She will once again be the marquee name in the women’s lightweight division but joining her and 2019 runner-up Larissa Pacheco, 26, of Belem, Para, Brazil will be an upgraded cast looking to give the two-time Olympian a run for this year’s PFL title.
Highly regarded judoka Cindy “Battlecat” Dandois, 36, of Deurne, Belgium, returning striking expert Genah “Fabioso” Fabian, 31, of Australia and undefeated Laura Sanchez, 30, of Wisconsin, USA are poised to test Harrison as she continues her ascension to the peak of the mixed martial arts world. Completing the division’s roster are newcomers Olena “Cannon” Kolesnyk (Елена Колесник), 31, of Ukraine, Julija Pajic, 23, of Zagreb, Croatia and Mariana Morais, 25, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who earned her spot via the 2020 Brazilian International Qualifier Series.
PFL fighter operations president Ray Sefo is very excited to see the women’s division kick off their season. He said they have brought in the best talent in the world to challenge Harrison and Pachecho and it will be an even more challenging season for these very talented athletes.
“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,” PFL chief executive officer Peter Murray stated. “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.”