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PFL Completes Featherweight Billing for March 3 Challenger Series Show


The sixth week of Professional Fighters League’s Challenger Series now has its lineup.

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Per a PFL press release sent out on Thursday, the four tilts on Week 6 of the PFL Challenger Series have been put together. The 145-pound-centric fight card will air on Fubo TV on March 3, and like all the other Challenger Series events, it will be held inside of Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. The main attraction brings unbeaten up-and-comer Brahyan Zurcher (4-0) against promotional newcomer David Evans (5-1).

The three other tilts on the league’s marquee for the sixth week of its Challenger series include: SBG Ireland prospect Nathan Kelly (6-2) vs. Aries Fight Series vet Zachary Hicks (8-4), 2022 PFL tourney participant Ago Huskic (8-5) vs. undefeated Brazilian striker Gabriel Braga (8-0) and ex-Indian bodybuilder Vikas Singh Ruhil (12-6, 1 NC) vs. Africa’s Extreme Fighting Championship titleholder Igeu Kabesa (15-2).

Ray Sefo, PFL’s President of Fighter Operations, briefly touched on the featherweight lineup, saying, “The PFL Challenger Series is where some of the best fighters in the world begin to create their legacies, and we’re excited to introduce the Featherweight division for the 2023 PFL Challenger Series. We are proud to present these athletes with a global platform, fighting to achieve PFL Regular Season glory.”

A mainstay of the PFL tournament since its inception and the lowest weight class of the six, the featherweight bracket has been a staple of the organization. The first two seasons in 2018 and 2019 saw Lance Palmer repeat as the champion, defusing his opponents all the way up and carving his name into the company’s record books. In 2021, Movlid Khaybulaev claimed the throne by topping Chris Wade, while Brendan Loughnane secured the million-dollar check in the 2021 season by knocking out Bubba Jenkins. The winner of the Challenger Series contract may be eligible to compete in the 2023 season, depending on the victor and the remainder of the featherweight field.

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