The PFL Challenger Series was set to introduce a new weight class to the promotion this week.
Women’s flyweight, never before a division featured in the Professional Fighters League, was being brought in for week five of the Challenger Series. Among the names in action were UFC veteran Shanna Young, TUF 30 and Invicta FC alum Helen Peralta, and her Ultimate Fighter castmate Kaytlin Neil.
While nothing has been made official, Peralta told Cageside Press earlier this month that the plan is to introduce the division this year, with the idea of adding it to the league’s regular season in 2024. Which gives the flyweights some time to establish themselves in the organization.
Weigh-ins for the PFL Challenger Series 5 card took place Thursday, with one fighter missing the mark. That was Sandra Lavado, a Peruvian standout who had appeared on Dana White’s Contender Series last year.
PFL Challenger Series 2023 Week 5 goes down Friday night in Orlando, Florida, and streams on Fubo Sports Network.
PFL Challenger Series 2023 Week 5 Weigh-In Results
Kaytlin Neil (125.6 lbs) vs. Katherine Corogenes (125 lbs)
Shanna Young (126 lbs) vs. Sandra Lavado (127.6 lbs)*
Maira Mazar (126 lbs) vs. Desiree Yanez (125.8 lbs)
Helen Peralta (125.4 lbs) vs. Lisa Mauldin (125.2 lbs)
* Lavado missed weight by 1.6lbs for her fight with Shanna Young