PFL Launches European League, To Debut In 2023
The Professional Fighters League (PFL) will launch PFL Europe in 2023, starting with events later this year.
The PFL is headed to Europe. And making plans for the future.
While an event is set for August in Cardiff, the promotion announced the launch of PFL Europe recently.
PFL Europe events will all be staged in European countries, broadcast and streamed primetime in Europe, and feature the top emerging European MMA fighters. PFL Europe will provide a direct avenue for the best European fighters to make it to the PFL global talent roster.
PFL Europe leverages the proven sports-season format, world-class team, expert infrastructure, and trusted brand of PFL.
“I am pleased to announce the PFL will launch PFL Europe in 2023 to further advance the sport of MMA and fuel PFL’s next phase of global expansion starting in Europe, the number one international MMA growth region,“ said PFL CEO Peter Murray. “Europe is rich with top fighters who are ready to compete in the PFL’s season format on a major stage and passionate MMA fans throughout the region will now have access to premium events staged in Europe.”
Top fighters from Europe will compete on both the August 13 Cardiff and August 20 London cards, in hopes of earning a contract in PFL Europe. British star Dakota Ditcheva, Ireland’s Will Fleury, Italy’s Francesco Nuzzi and Scotland’s Louie Sutherland, will all be competing to join the new League.
“It has been an extremely rewarding experience putting together PFL Europe qualifier fights alongside our partners at Live Nation,” said Ray Sefo, PFL President of Fighter Operations. “PFL is about opportunity, and we are proud of the opportunity we are providing fighters across Europe. I can’t wait to get to work on the first season of PFL Europe.”
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PFL Europe Qualifier Fights – Cardiff (August 13)
Will Fleury (Ireland) vs. Kenneth Bergh (Norway)
Nathan Kelly (Ireland) vs. TBA
Vojto Barborik (Slovakia) vs. Radu Maxim (Italy)
Mokhtar Benkaci (France) vs. Francesco Nuzzi (Italy)
PFL Europe Qualifier Fights – London (August 20)
Dakota Ditcheva (UK) vs. Hassna Jaber (Morocco)
Louie Sutherland (UK) vs. Abraham Bably (UK)
Tayo Odunjo (UK) vs. Magnus Iversen (Norway)
Ali Taleb (Sweden) vs. Kenji Bortoluzzi (Switzerland)