Professional Fighters League launches MMA competition for Africans, names Ngannou as chair

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The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the global mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion company, has unveiled its plans to create a subsidiary in Africa

Left to Right: Maxwell Djantou Nana, PFL Welterweight; Shido Boris Esperanza, PFL Lightweight; Sadibou Sy, 2022 PFL Welterweight World Champion; Pete Murray, CEO, PFL; Tope Lawani, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Helios Investment Partners; Kunle Lawal, PFL Welterweight; and Juliet Ukah, PFL Strawweight fighter.

He added that the bouts will be hosted in Nigeria and other African countries and are part of the franchise plan to create a “Champions League of MMA”. “In the long term, we will develop not only talents that we sign into the league but also amateur fighters and give them the opportunity to become professionals. Also, at the grassroots level, we will commit resources to working with various organisations to help kids become well-rounded elite athletes early on.”

“We are looking forward to partnering with the PFL, a world-class organization, and with Francis Ngannou, who is a manifestation of the success of African talent on a global stage. This marks HSEG’s fourth investment following our successful partnership with the NBA in Africa.We see several areas of direct synergies between PFL Africa and HSEG’s existing unique portfolio, and we are excited by the opportunities such collaboration can bring to the continent.


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