NEW YORK (April 21, 2024) - The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the fastest-growing and most innovative sports league, is proud to announce that Ireland’s Paul Hughes (11-1) has signed an exclusive, multi-fight contract with the promotion. 

“I am absolutely ecstatic to sign with the PFL. The regular season format, in my eyes, is the ultimate form of MMA competition and is for the ultimate prize of one million dollars,” Paul Hughes said. “I’m ready to prove that I am the best lightweight on the planet.”

"Professional Fighters League is always going to be in the mix when it comes to the free agency market and this was certainly the case with Paul Hughes, someone we have had our eye on for quite some time," PFL CEO Peter Murray said. "I'm looking forward to seeing Paul continue his journey with PFL in big fights that continue to test his skills.”

Only 27 years of age, Hughes accomplished everything possible on the regional stage before entering free agency, where he was pursued by every major mixed martial arts promotion on the planet before choosing to join PFL. A former Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion before moving up to Lightweight, Hughes is currently in the midst of a five-fight winning streak and eight of his 11 professional victories have come via stoppage.

Hughes will now bring his elite skill set to one of the strongest divisions in all of the PFL when he makes his promotional debut in the near future.

Professional Fighters League (PFL) is a global powerhouse in MMA and the fastest-growing sports league worldwide. PFL has five live fight franchises, offering year-round content: PFL League Season, PFL PPV Super Fights, PFL Challenger Series, PFL International Leagues, and Bellator. Founded in 2018, PFL is backed by major blue-chip investors including SRJ, Ares, Knighthead, Luxor Capital, Waverley Capital, Elysian Park Ventures, and numerous NBA, MLB, NHL, and MLS team owners. MMA is the growth sports business of this decade, with 650 million fans worldwide, the youngest audience demographic, and true global revenue streams.