PFL Announces Light Heavyweight Prospects For First ‘Challenger Series’ Event

PFL will debut their new recruitment show next month, the “Challenger Series,” by showcasing light heavyweights. The promotion revealed Wednesday that the first episode of their new series will air on February 18th, and will include seven 205-pound prospects from around the world.

PFL first revealed their “Challenger Series” idea last month. The show offers prospects a chance to fight their way into PFL’s annual season and playoff format, a system that has a grand prize of $1 million.

The weekly series, which is set to air for eight episodes this year, is similar to UFC’s “Dana White’s Contender Series” show. Showcase bouts will happen on the broadcast, and by the end of each episode, a panel of judges will pick one fighter to join the promotion.

The series will air through subscription service FuboTV.

PFL has announced seven names that will compete at their February 18th event.

At the top of the list is undefeated super-prospect Josh Silveira, who became a two-division LFA champion last year. Silveira isn’t the sole LFA alum on the card, as Bruco Souto was also announced for the event.

Four-fight Bellator vet Taylor Johnson will also appear on the card. He is appearing for the first time since losing a split decision to Fabio Aguiar in August 2021.

Riding a three-fight winning streak, German prospect Alexander Poppeck has also been booked for the show.

Two more undefeated fighters are set for the lineup, as Brazil’s Joao Paulo Fagundes and England’s Simeon Powell are billed as well.

The seventh fighter announced Wednesday was UAE Warriors alum Mohamed Juma, who is fighting to bounce back from a recent loss.

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