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PFL Europe chief says there are ‘stonewall killers’ throughout the roster on eve of inaugural show

Professional Fighters League (PFL) vice president James Frewin believes PFL Europe will be ‘successful’ as the new league prepares for its first show.

PFL Europe is the company's first international league which will hold quarterly events throughout 2023 beginning in Newcastle this Saturday. 

Europe's top 32 fighters from 14 countries will compete across four weight divisions, with the winners set to take home $100,000 in prize money.

Champions will also have the chance to earn a spot on the PFL Global Roster and the $1 million global season prize.

Frewin believes that the quality of fighters involved will make the league a success. 

He told Planet Sport: "PFL Europe is going to be successful. You look at the class of 2023. Just to focus in on that, you have a mix of unbelievable champions, rising stars from across the region.

"Simeon Powell 7-0, Dakota Ditcheva 24-year-old 7-0. Francesco Nuzzi 26-year-old 9-1 and on a seven-fight win streak. Dominique Wooding, he's only 26 years old and he's got a 100% finish rate.
"We've got stonewall killers through each division and this will be successful."

The inaugural PFL Europe event will be shown live on DAZN.

Frewin admitted he would like MMA to become as big as boxing on the platform, saying: "We've partnered with DAZN, who are an unbelievable organisation.
"They have a history in combat sports. They're extremely successful in boxing and we came together with them with the vision of growing the sport of mixed martial arts, in the same way they have done with boxing."

The vice-president is also looking forward to taking PFL across the entire continent. While the first show will take place in Newcastle, the three remaining events will see fighters compete in Germany, France and Ireland.

"We've gone out and chosen cities around Europe that we felt were the most exciting places to bring our events.
"We're in Newcastle on March 25, we move to Berlin on July 8. Beyond that we go to the play-offs in Paris on September 30 and then the big one, the championship, no better place to do it than Dublin on December 8.
"We have what we think are 32 world-class athletes from Europe that really deserve this opportunity."

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