PFL’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 White’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 promotion’s regular season and its $1 million prize. One fighter each week will earn the contract.
“The 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,” PFL president Ray Sefo stated. “I’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.”