The PFL Challenger Series was back in action, and back on Fubo Sports Network, on Friday, February 17, 2023.
The card saw the lightweight division in the spotlight, with a number of promising 155lb talents in the running to earn a PFL contract, and potentially a spot in the league’s regular season.
Friday night’s card in Orlando, Florida was topped by Elvin Espinoza, an undefeated, two-time PFL veteran. Starting the night at 7-0, Espinoza was a strong favorite to earn himself a PFL deal with a big showing — at least if the judges and fan votes saw things his way.
Starting the night at a disadvantage was Espinoza’s opponent, Bosnian Damir Ferhatbegovic. “The Bosnian Barn Cat” missed weight at Thursday’s weigh-in, resulting in the fight moving forward at a 158lb catchweight.
Also prominently featured on Friday’s PFL Challenger Series card was Canadian prospect Anthony Romero. “The Genius” had picked up a win on Dana White’s Contender Series a few years back, but did not end up with a UFC contract.
Now, Romero was once again knocking on the door of a major promotion, with Tony Caruso standing in his way.
The PFL Challenger Series 2023 Week 4 card goes down Friday night in Orlando — full results can be found below.
PFL Challenger Series 2023 Week 4 Results
Elvin Espinoza def. Damir Ferhatbegovic by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 2, 1:53
Manoel Sousa def. Paulo Laia by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Anthony Romero def. Antonio Caruso by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Charles Decca def. Jose Aguayo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Elvin Espinoza lands a PFL deal following week four of the Challenger Series