PFL Challenger Series 1 set for Feb. 18 in Orlando

    PFLโ€™s new Challenger Series officially kicks off on Feb. 18 at Universal Studios in Orlando.

    Promotion officials today revealed the first episode of the prospects-based series will feature light heavyweight talent, including LFA double champ Josh Silveira (7-0) and Dana Whiteโ€™s Contender Series veteran Alexander Poppeck (12-3).

    Additional light heavyweights tapped for PFL Challenger Series 1 include Joao Paulo Fagundes (7-0), Taylor Johnson (7-3), Mohamed Juma (8-2), Simeon Powell (4-0) and Bruce Souto (14-3). Matchups are expected to be announced shortly.

    The new series airs exclusively on Fubo Sports Network and sees athletes gunning for a PFL contract that could either serve as a developmental deal or see them enter directly into the promotionโ€™s regular season and its $1 million prize. One fighter each week will earn the contract.

    โ€œThe Challenger Series is a first-of-its-kind MMA competition where fighters from all backgrounds and experiences get a shot to prove themselves in front of a panel of combat sports legends and global icons,โ€ PFL president Ray Sefo stated. โ€œIโ€™m excited to get to Orlando to evaluate these talented athletes who will put it all on the line to live out their dreams of becoming a world champion.โ€

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