The inaugural PFL Europe season roster features 32 fighters from 14 countries competing
across 4 weight divisions in the PFL SmartCage
PFL Europe features the best mixed martial artists across Europe including Dakota Ditcheva (7-0),
Simeon Powell (7-0), Ali Taleb (8-0), Connor Hughes (6-0), Kenneth Bergh (9-1), Dom
Wooding (9-5), Francesco Nuzzi (9-1) and Frans Mlambo (13-5)
PFL Europe is Europe’s first MMA league with a Regular Season, Playoff and Championship
All PFL Europe events will be live on DAZN and other major international broadcast networks,
with tickets on-sale at Ticketmaster
NEW YORK (February 14, 2023) – The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the fastest growing and most innovative sports league, today announced the full roster for the inaugural PFL Europe season.
PFL Europe is the PFL’s first international league and will showcase the very best MMA athletes across Europe. PFL Europe will hold quarterly events throughout 2023 beginning in Newcastle on March 25. The ground-breaking league will feature 32 of Europe’s top fighters from 14 countries competing across four weight divisions. After four Regular Season events, four PFL Europe Champions will be crowned with each Champion taking home $100,000. Champions also have a chance to earn a spot on the PFL Global Roster and the $1 million global season prize.
PFL Europe Regular Season events will take place from the Vertu Motors Arena in Newcastle (England) on March 25th and the Verti Music Hall in Berlin (Germany) on July 8th. The winners of each Regular Season event will advance to the 2023 PFL Europe Play-off at the Zenith in Paris (France) on September 30th and finally four PFL Europe Champions will be crowned at the 3Arena in Dublin (Ireland) on December 8th.
PFL Europe 1 (Regular Season) will feature the Men’s Light Heavyweights and Women’s Flyweights. Headlined by rising stars Simeon Powell and Dakota Ditcheva, also competing are hard-hitting Norwegian Kenneth Bergh, seven-fight win streak Francesco Nuzzi and rising star from Holland, Lizzy Gevers.
“We are excited to kick off PFL Europe’s inaugural season with the best European roster of fighters,” said PFL President of Fighter Operations Ray Sefo. “PFL Europe will see the best in MMA action in a true season format, where fighters must win to advance.”
PFL Europe 2 (Regular Season) will see Lightweight and Bantamweight divisions shake out in Berlin. The Bantamweight division features the unbeaten Ali Taleb from Sweden and Frans “Black Mamba” Mlambo, who fights out of SBG Ireland under John Kavanagh. Former Cage Warriors Champion, Dominique “Black Panther” Wooding will compete alongside Germany’s Farbod Iran Nezhad, currently on a three-fight winning streak, striking specialist Khurshed Kakhorov and Italian Francesco Nuzzi, who has won his last eight fights.
In the Lightweight division, Ireland’s, John Mitchell and Dylan “The Nuke” Tuke will form part of a division that also includes France’s Geysim Derouiche who is unbeaten in over five-years, and Liverpool sensation, the undefeated Connor Hughes.
PFL Europe 2023 schedule:
PFL is the #1 fastest growing company in MMA and the #2 MMA company on worldwide basis. PFL is the only in MMA with the sports-season format, where individual fighters compete in sports-season “win and advance” meritocracy like all other major sports. The PFL fighter roster is global and world-class, with fighters from over 20 countries and 25% independently ranked in the top 25. PFL leads in technology and innovation, with its proprietary PFL SmartCage powering real-time betting and next-gen viewing experience. PFL is aired primetime live in the U.S. on ESPN and ESPN+ and in 140 countries via 25 leading broadcast and streaming partners.
About Professional Fighters League
Professional Fighters League (PFL) is the fastest growing and most innovative sports league. PFL is the #2 MMA company worldwide on all key metrics and the only with the sports-season format where individual fighters compete in Regular Season, Playoffs, and Championship. The Company has four global live fight franchises: PFL League Season, PFL Challenger Series, PFL PPV Super Fights, and PFL Europe.
PFL airs live in the U.S on ESPN and ESPN+ and is broadcast and streamed to 140 countries with 25 international leading media partners, including DAZN, DirectTV, Viaplay, Sky Sports, and MBC. PFL has dozens of major brand sponsors such as Anheuser-Busch, GEICO, Bose, US Marine Corps, and Celsius Energy Drink.
PFL is backed by blue-chip investors including Ares, Luxor Capital, Elysian Park Ventures, Knighthead, Legends, and numerous NBA, MLB, NHL, and MLS team owners.
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