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Two European fighters will join two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison in 2022.
The Professional Fighters League 2021 Season isn’t over yet, but the orginization is already planning its next move. On Wednesday morning, the PFL announced that sambo world champion Marina Mokhnatkina and former ISKA K-1 kickboxing queen Martina Jindrova would participate in the women’s 155-pound division in the 2022 season. The roster also includes Harrison and Larissa Pacheco, among the names fighting for the $1 million prize.
“We are very excited to bring two women of this caliber into our women’s lightweight division,” said PFL President of Fighter Operations Ray Sefo in a press release. “The goal has been to elevate our roster each year and that will be the case once again in 2022. These signings, along with others we already have in the pipeline will show the commitment we have to building an even stronger roster for the coming Season.”
Bellator MMA vet Mokhnatkina (5-2, 0-0 PFL) will make her PFL debut featuring a victory over Amanda Bell in her latest fight. That night, the Russian fighter upended Bell thanks to a unanimous decision at Bellator 260.
Jindrova (3-1, 0-0 PFL) has recently suffered her first defeat after losing a decision to Tamires Vidal in her latest cage appearance. The loss snapped a three-bout winning streak that included two first-round stoppages.
This year’s women’s lightweight playoffs will see Harrison taking on Genah Fabian while Pacheco will tangle with Taylor Guardado. Both athletes will compete on the upcoming PFL 8 card, which will go down on Aug. 19. That same event will feature the heavyweight semifinals.
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