Although Season 1 of Professional Fight League doesn’t start until next year the heirs to WSOF take a page out of Bellator’s playbook this weekend. Bellator have expanded into holding shows during NASCAR races which are typically throw-away events not broadcast on Spike TV or even webcast at Spike.com. PFL on the other hand hold a four-fight show with some of their most notable fighters and the event itself is a fundraiser held in Washington, DC. PFL Fight Night takes place November 2nd at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC with the entire short show broadcast on Fite TV.
In the main event former WSOF heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov faces Caio Alencar. The only loss in Ivanov’s 13-1 career came in Bellator against former champion Alexander Volkov in May 2014. Following that loss Ivanov moved on to WSOF where he defeated Derrick Mehmen for the belt and defended it against Josh Copeland and Shawn Jordan. Ivanov’s WSOF belt doesn’t carry over to PFL but he is definitely a frontrunner for the first title shot. Alencar is less experienced at 7-1 with his only loss being to William Gigante in November 2013 in Jungle Fight. Two wins later Alencar made his WSOF debut last New Year’s Eve when he defeated Jared Rosholt by KO in just 1:17.
In the co-main event former WSOF featherweight champion Lance Palmer takes on the more experienced UFC vet Steven Siler. Palmer first wore the WSOF belt from December 2014 when he defeated Ricky Glenn trough a non-title fight against Chris Horodecki until losing the belt to Marcos Alexandre Almeida in December 2015. Palmer reclaimed the belt in a rematch against Almeida in July of 2016 but lost it to Andre Harrison in his first defense in March to stand 11-3. Siler enters this bout with a record of 28-13, 6-5 in the UFC. Post-UFC Siler went 1-2 in TFC including a loss to Harrison for that belt and most recently lost a unanimous decision to Hakeem Dawodu in March.
- Timur Valiev vs. Josenaldo Silva
- Mike Kyle vs. Daniel Gallemore
- Lance Palmer vs. Steven Siler
- Blagoy Ivanov vs. Caio Alencar