PFL Announces International Qualifier Series, RCC, UAE Warriors to Take Part

Kayla Harrison, PFL 2019 women's lightweight champion
Kayla Harrison Credit: Ryan Loco/PFL

The PFL is scouting the globe for talent to include in its upcoming 2020 season.

Following an early report by ESPN, the Professional Fighters League has announced an International Qualifier Series that will groom talent for the upcoming PFL 2020 season. In a press release Wednesday, the PFL revealed that fighters in five key markets would compete in single-night, two-fight tournaments with winners earning a spot in the league.

The fights in question will be held in February and March in United Arab Emirates, Russia, Germany, Brazil and Australia. Broadcast plans are yet to be finalized. Only one promotion involved was revealed in Wednesday’s press release, however. Per that release, the PFL International Qualifier Series featherweight tournament will take place in Abu Dhabi in partnership with UAE Warriors.

“We’re excited to accelerate growth outside of the United States through the International Qualifier Series, a global fight twice in one-night tournament designed to identify and recruit the best MMA fighters from five priority markets around the world,” said Peter Murray, CEO of the PFL. “We look forward to working with UAE Warriors in the Middle East, a region with an affinity for combat sports and an impressive crop of high-caliber fighters. This is a unique challenge, and we’ll see if these athletes have what it takes to fight for the PFL and compete for a title and million-dollar prize.”

While only UAE Warriors was announced by the PFL, Russia’s RCC announced on Instagram that they will take part in the qualifier series.

The Professional Fighters League’s regular season begins in May, 2020, with a million dollars once again on the line for the winner in each weight class.


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