The Professional Fighters League is looking to expand its global reach and will establish a regular presence in Europe in 2023 with the launch of a new Euriopean league.
The promotion offers a unique league-based competition with fighters earning points through two regular-season bouts before the top points scorers progress to the playoff stages with the tournament semi-finals and finals.
And now the PFL is looking to expand that format to include a European league, with the announcement of PFL Europe.
PFL Europe events will be held on European soil and broadcast in European primetime timeslots as they look to produce the next wave of European fighting talent, with the league designed to identify the next big European contenders to progress to the main PFL global roster.
PFL CEO Peter Murray announced the launch of PFL Europe, stating, “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.
“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.”
Some of the fighters lined up for PFL Europe action will be showcased at the PFL’s upcoming playoff events on August 13 and 20 in Cardiff and London, respectively, with new signings Dakota Ditcheva, Will Fleury, Francesco Nuzzi and Louie Sutherland among the fighters set for action in PFL Europe qualifier bouts.
“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.”
PFL Europe Qualifier Bouts
AUGUST 13, CARDIFF
- Will Fleury vs. Kenneth Bergh
- Nathan Kelly vs. TBA
- Vojto Barborik vs. Radu Maxim
- Mokhtar Benkaci vs. Francesco Nuzzi
AUGUST 20, LONDON
- Dakota Ditcheva vs. Hassna Jaber
- Louie Sutherland vs. Abraham Bably
- Tayo Odunjo vs. Magnus Iversen
- Ali Taleb vs. Kenji Bortoluzzi