PARIS (Sept 29) – The Professional Fighters League, the fastest growing and most innovative sports league in the world, continues with the 2023 PFL Europe season with the first ever European Playoffs in Paris on September 30. In the main event, Cedric ‘The Best’ Doumbe meets Jordan Zebo in an all French showdown.
Undefeated Cedric Doumbe, looking to secure a victory against his rival Jordan Zebo, who boasts a 4-0 record, stepped onto the scale at 169.9 lbs during the weigh-in for his PFL debut. Meanwhile, Zebo weighed in at 170.8 lbs. In the co-main event, ‘The Lazy Kid’ Abdoul Abdouraguimov faces off against London-born Brad ‘The Crazy Kid’ Wheeler in a special catchweight bout. Wheeler with an impressive record of 18 wins, weighed in at 180.7 lbs, while Abdoul weighed on the scale at 178.5 lbs.
Smooth Simeon Powell, aiming to maintain his perfect record, is now squaring off against Daniel Ladero in a Light Heavyweight competition during the PFL Europe Playoffs. Powell weighed in at 205.9 lbs as he goes into his second fight this year. Ladero, meanwhile, weighed in at 205 lbs for his redemption in the PFL Europe 2023 season.
In the Women’s Flyweight Playoffs matchup, Manchester born, Dakota Ditcheva goes head to head with Swedish fighter, Cornelia Holm for their next fight in the PFL Europe season. Dakota Ditcheva weighed in at 124.7 lbs as she sets her sights on Dublin for the finals on December 8. Holm, weighed in at 125.6 lbs as she aims to show her skill in the PFL SmartCage.
The Irish trio, Frans Mlambo, Dylan Tuke, and John Mitchell are ready for a monumental evening of Irish MMA. Frans Mlambo weighed in at 135.3 lbs as he takes on his new opponent in French fighter Mokhtar Benkaci who weighed in at 134.9 lbs. Dublin born Dylan Tuke weighed in at 155.4 lbs before his clash with Polish fighter Jakub Kaszuba who weighed 155.2 lbs. Hailing from Cork, Ireland, John Mitchell weighed in at 155.6 lbs and is aiming to fight in his home country for the finals. Alex Chizov missed weight. He has been replaced in the Men’s Lightweight Playoffs by the alternate Geisym Derouiche, who weighed in at 156 lbs.
OFFICIAL 2023 PFL EUROPE PLAYOFFS WEIGH-IN PHOTOS
PFL EUROPE PLAYOFFS: FIGHT NIGHT LINKS
OFFICIAL 2023 PFL EUROPE PLAYOFF WEIGH-IN RESULTS:
Cedric Doumbe (169.9 lbs) vs. Jordan Zebo (170.8 lbs)
Abdoul Abdouraguimov (178.5 lbs) vs. Brad Wheeler (180.7 lbs)
Light Heavyweight Semifinal
Anthony Salamone (206 lbs) vs. Jakob Nedoh (206 lbs)
Light Heavyweight Semifinal
Simeon Powell (205.9 lbs) vs. Daniel Ladero (205 lbs)
Women’s Flyweight Semifinal
Dakota Ditcheva (124.7 lbs) vs. Cornelia Holm (125.6 lbs)
Yazid Chouchane (156 lbs) vs. Henrique Madureira (154.1 lbs)
Laureano Staropoli (180.7 lbs) vs. Baba Nadjombe (178.1 lbs)
Ali Taleb (134 lbs) vs. Khurshed Kakhorov (136 lbs)
Frans Mlambo (135.3 lbs) vs. Mokhtar Benkaci (134.9 lbs)
Dylan Tuke (155.4 lbs) vs. Jakub Kaszuba (155.2 lbs)
John Mitchell (155.6 lbs) vs. Geisym Derouiche (156 lbs)
*Alex Chizov missed weight. He has been replaced in the Men’s Lightweight Playoffs by the alternate Geisym Derouiche
Valentina Scatizzi vs. Manuela Marconetto
*Manuela Marconetto missed weight and Valentina Scatizzi will move on with a walkover win and advances to the PFL Europe Championship
Shanelle Dyer (125.4 lbs) vs. Luisa Cifuentes (126 lbs)