About Professional Fighters League
PFL is the second-largest MMA organization globally and the sport’s top-ranked company for rapid growth. The PFL is the only MMA league with a “sports-season” format, where fighters compete in a system similar to that of all other major sports.
On the backlot of Universal Studios Florida in Orlando, the PFL Challenger Series, an eight-part competition broadcast live on Friday nights in primetime, featuring fighters vying for the chance to battle for a global championship and a $1 million winner’s bonus. The PFL offers the most advanced fan entertainment and betting experience through the PFL’s exclusive SmartCage platform and Cagenomics technology, where viewers will receive cutting-edge statistics never previously seen in MMA.
The PFL offers diversity and strength of fighters of the highest class, with participants from more than 20 nations and competitors who are independently ranked. Additionally, Winners of the PFL Challenger Series will be chosen by a judges made up of celebrity judges and combat sports champions.
2023 PFL Challenger Series Welterweight- January 27th
The complete schedule for the PFL Challenger Series Season Two’s opening week has been set for Friday, January 27th in Orlando, Florida. Eight welterweights battle in the four-fight show, which airs live on Fubo Sports Network, for a chance to win a PFL contract and the opportunity to compete for a $1 million prize.
The main event on the opening card of the eight-night competition pits Itso Babulaidze (2-0) of Georgia against Brazil’s Lucas Barbosa (2-1). Barbosa will make his first appearance in mixed martial arts since 2012, but the Brazilian is a grappling champion, having won the IBJJF World Championships. Barbosa will face off against the Georgian fighter Babulaidze (2-0), who defeated Mahmoud Fawzy Sebie in his promotional debut for the PFL earlier this year via TKO.
Along with other matches, Minnesota prospect Zach Juusola (12-9) takes on Jozef Wittner (16-2) of Slovakia in an interesting welterweight matchup, while a pair of unbeaten prospects in Eric Alequin (7-0) of Florida will square off against fellow Floridian Thad Jean (4-0). Additionally, two knockout artists in Saudi Arabia’s Mostafa Rashed Neda (7-3) and the kid from New Hampshire, Nick Alley (7-5), face off on Friday night in Orlando.