PFL Challenger Series: Simon Powell Takes Advantage Of Chance

Simon Powell took full advantage of his opportunity a second time around on the PFL Challenger Series, earning a future contract.

Simon Powell took advantage of his second PFL Challenger Series opportunity.

Powell earned a future contract during the Friday night program on fuboTV. 

Battling in front of Ray Lewis, Tyron Woodley and Wiz Khalifa, the three and fight fans at home agreed on Powell’s performance. He earned a win over Tobias Baker at light heavyweight. 

Powell joins Week 7 Lightweight Alexei Pergande, Week 6 Heavyweight Adam Keresh, Week 5 Lightweight Bruno Miranda, Week 4 Welterweight Boston Salmon, Week 3 Women’s Lightweight fighter Martina Jindrova, Week 2 Welterweight fighters Jarrah Al-Silawi and Chris Mixan, as well as Week 1 Light Heavyweight winner Bruce Souto.

In the evening’s main event, Carlos Leal and Chris Brown fought an instant classic, with both fighters landing an array of strikes in back-and-forth action. The fight wound up going the three-round distance, and Leal earned a hard fought split decision, and improved his career record to 16-3. The victory marked Leal’s second win in the PFL Challenger Series, his first coming via TKO in week 2.

“I am proud of every fighter that took part in The PFL Challenger Series,” said Ray Sefo, President of Fighter Operations. “We witnessed hungry fighters looking for a chance to earn a PFL contract. Simeon Powell, welcome to the PFL, you earned your contract.”

Welterweight: Carlos Leal def.Chris Brown by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Light Heavyweight: Simeon Powell def. Tobias Baker by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Women’s Lightweight: Jeslen Mishelle def. Jackie Cataline by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Featherweight: Ali Zebian def. Aaron Blackie by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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