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LFA middleweight and light heavyweight champion Josh Silveira explains his decision to sign with PFL for their “Challenger Series.”
“It was very well thought, it wasn’t just my decision, it was my team around me. Dan Lambert has been involved since Day 1. These guys have been involved in the political part too. It was a group decision on signing with with PFL. It was all timing, DWCS did contact me. I think it was just not get thrown off our gameplan. Those offers will all be there. I know I’m a double champ and stuff but I think there is still some more experience (in my career) needed.”
The inaugural PFL Challenger Series will be held at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL beginning Friday, February 18 and airing exclusively on Fubo Sports Network, the live, free-to-consumer TV network from sports-first live TV streaming platform fuboTV Inc. (NYSE: FUBO).
The PFL Challenger Series is a platform in which MMA fighters can earn their way into the League and a chance at PFL gold plus the $1 million that comes along with it. The sport’s most innovative company has expanded the opportunity for fighters of all experience levels to gain entry into the PFL where they will compete with a global roster of top-tier fighters in hopes of becoming the next million-dollar champion.
Also on the inaugural season:
Germany’s Alexander Poppeck (12-3) is another fighter poised to make a run at a PFL roster spot. The Munich native enters the Challenger Series on a three-fight win streak that includes a pair of first round TKO victories. “Ironside” specializes in kickboxing and Muay Thai.
Mohamed Juma hails from the newest country in the world, South Sudan, and he is looking to put his nation on the MMA map. Juma (8-2) enters the Challenger series on an eight-fight win streak. The South Sudanese power puncher will be making his American debut.
Rounding out the division are American Taylor Johnson (7-3), rising British star Simeon Powell (4-0) and top Brazilian prospects Joao Paulo Fagundes (7-0) and Bruce Souto (14-3), who is riding an eight-fight win streak.
Covering MMA since 2008, James Lynch is a freelance MMA journalist for MyMMANews and other notable outlets. He’s also a commentator for Rise Fighting Championships. Follow him on Twitter/Instagram @LynchOnSports