Ireland trio among 32 fighters set for inaugural PFL Europe season

Irish fighters Frans Mlambo (13-5), Dylan Tuke (5-3), and John Mitchell (5-1) will among the 32 fighters from 14 countries competing across four weight divisions on the inaugural PFL Europe season roster.

PFL Europe is the continent's first MMA league with a regular season, play-offs, and Championship. All PFL Europe events will be live on DAZN and other major international broadcast networks, with tickets on sale at Ticketmaster.

Frans 'Black Mamba' Mlambo, who fights out of SBG Ireland under Conor McGregor's former coach John Kavanagh, will feature in the bantamweight division, while John Mitchell and Dylan 'The Nuke' Tuke will both be in the lightweight category.

PFL Europe will hold quarterly events throughout 2023 beginning in Newcastle on March 25. The ground-breaking league will feature 32 of Europe’s top fighters from 14 countries competing across four weight divisions. After four Regular Season events, four PFL Europe Champions will be crowned with each Champion taking home $100,000. Champions also have a chance to earn a spot on the PFL Global Roster and the $1 million global season prize.

PFL Europe Regular Season events will take place from the Vertu Motors Arena in Newcastle (England) on March 25th and the Verti Music Hall in Berlin (Germany) on July 8th. The winners of each Regular Season event will advance to the 2023 PFL Europe Play-off at the Zenith in Paris (France) on September 30th and finally four PFL Europe Champions will be crowned at the 3Arena in Dublin (Ireland) on December 8th.

PFL Europe 1 (Regular Season) will feature the Men’s Light Heavyweights and Women’s Flyweights. Headlined by rising stars Simeon Powell and Dakota Ditcheva, also competing are hard-hitting Norwegian Kenneth Bergh, seven-fight win streak Francesco Nuzzi and rising star from Holland, Lizzy Gevers.

“We are excited to kick off PFL Europe’s inaugural season with the best European roster of fighters,” said PFL President of Fighter Operations Ray Sefo. “PFL Europe will see the best in MMA action in a true season format, where fighters must win to advance.”

PFL Europe 2 (Regular Season) will see Lightweight and Bantamweight divisions shake out in Berlin. The Bantamweight division features the unbeaten Ali Taleb from Sweden and Frans 'Black Mamba' Mlambo, who fights out of SBG Ireland under John Kavanagh. Former Cage Warriors Champion, Dominique 'Black Panther' Wooding will compete alongside Germany’s Farbod Iran Nezhad, currently on a three-fight winning streak, striking specialist Khurshed Kakhorov and Italian Francesco Nuzzi, who has won his last eight fights.

In the Lightweight division, Ireland’s John Mitchell and Dylan 'The Nuke' Tuke will form part of a division that also includes France’s Geysim Derouiche who is unbeaten in over five-years, and Liverpool sensation, the undefeated Connor Hughes.

Men’s Light Heavyweight division:

Simeón Powell (UK), Mohamed Amine (Holland), Kenneth Bergh (Norway), Jakob Nedoh (Slovenia), Anthony Salamone (France), Daniel Ladero (Spain), Damien Remy (France).

Women’s Flyweight division:

Dakota Ditcheva (UK), Clara Riciguolo (France), Griet Eechkout (Belgium), Mafalda Carmona (Portugal), Cornelia Holm (Sweden), Marta Waliczek (Poland), Lizzy Gevers (Holland), Valentina Scatizzi (Italy).

Men’s Bantamweight division:

Ali Taleb (Sweden), Dominique Wooding (UK), Francesco Nuzzi (Italy), Frans Mlambo (Ireland), Farbod Iran Nezhad (Germany), Kenji Bortoluzzi (Switzerland), Khurshed Kakhorov (Germany), Mokthar Benkaci (France).

Men’s Lightweight division:

Acoidan Duque (Spain), Aleksandr Chizov (Latvia), Connor Hughes (UK), Dylan Tuke (Ireland), Geysim Derouiche (France), John Mitchell (Ireland), Rodu Maxim (Italy), Jakub Kaszuba (Poland).

PFL Europe 2023 schedule:

Saturday, March 25 - Newcastle, UK - Vertu Motors Arena (Regular Season)

Saturday, July 8 - Berlin, Germany - Verti Music Hall (Regular Season)

Saturday, September 30 - Paris, France - Zenith Paris La Villette (Playoffs)

Friday, December 8 - Dublin, Ireland - 3Arena (Final).