Former WSOF Champs Blagoy Ivanov, Lance Palmer to Compete at PFL Charity Event

By Tristen Critchfield Aug 31, 2017

Professional Fighters League has partnered with Fight for Children to hold a Fight Night charity event in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 2.

The card, which will be streamed live at, will see former World Series of Fighting heavyweight king Blagoy Ivanov taking on Caio Alencar in the evening’s main event. Former WSOF featherweight champ Lance Palmer will also compete at the event against an opponent to be determined. Two additional bouts will be announced at a later date.

According to a release, Fight for Children is a “nonprofit based in Washington D.C. with a mission to ensure all kids in the District of Columbia region, especially those in the highest need areas, receive a quality early education and solid foundation for future success.” Fight Night, in its 28th year of existence in the area, has generated $60 million for Fight for Children over the years.

“Fight Night has been a staple in Washington for nearly three decades, and the Professional Fighters League is excited and honored to have some of our top athletes compete at this year’s event,” Executive Chairman of Professional Fighters League Russ Ramsey said in a release. “MMA fighters are among the most disciplined, driven, and committed athletes in the world — traits we hope to instill in our own kids and children everywhere, regardless of their backgrounds. As a D.C. native myself, I have seen the incredible work of Fight For Children up close, and can think of no better way to cap off 2017 and begin the PFL’s mission of putting athletes first and reimagining the sport of MMA forever.”

A Bulgaria native, Ivanov owns a 15-1 career mark with one no contest. He last appeared at WSOF 35, where he stopped UFC veteran Shawn Jordan via technical knockout 1:43 into the first round.

Alencar, meanwhile, is 11-1 as a professional and is coming off a first-round knockout of Octagon vet Jared Rosholt at WSOF 34.


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