Mohammad Fakhreddine was one of the Professional Fighters League’s signings, which proves that the promotion has plans to make it presence known in the Middle East area. Fakhreddine is a former Brave CF two-division champion, who grabbed gold in both middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. He will make his promotional debut on August 13.
Taking the Heavyweights & Welterweights Across the Pond 🛫— PFL (@PFLMMA) July 25, 2022
Four fighters earn a spot in the $6 Million #PFLChampionship and Four fighters earn their place in #PFLEurope 💰
📅 August 13th
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PFL CEO Peter Murray had this to say about both signings:
“The Professional Fighters League is pleased to announce the addition of Mohammad Fakhreddine and Tarek Suleiman to our global MMA fighter roster. The PFL takes great care in scouting and signing the best MMA athletes from around the world, and we are committed to further developing the sport in the Middle East starting with signing top fighters from the region and staging year-round events in the UAE.”
Ray Sefo, President of Fighter Operations of PFL said: “
“We will put these athletes on a global stage, including MBC in the MENA region and other major media networks around the world to showcase the growing talent pool from this region.”
Fakhreddine has a 15 – 4 professional record. In his most recent fight at BRAVE CF 57, he beat Tarek Maalem in a rematch for their previous bout at BRAVE CF 52. Both fights were light heavyweight title fights with Maalem winning the first one and grabbing the belt. However, due to illegal strikes to the back of the head, the fight was overturned to a no-contest and the Algerian fighter was stripped of the title. Fakhreddine won their second encounter and became the reigning champion.
Now he will make his PFL debut by taking on the Polish fighter, Marcin Wójcik at PFL #8, which will start the 2022 Playoffs. Wójcik is a former light heavyweight champion of the Polish MMA promotion Fight Exclusive Night. He won the belt at FEN 31 by defeating Adam Kowalski, but lost it in his first defense against Eder de Souza at FEN 36. He bounced back after this loss by defeating Paweł Hardaś at FEN 39.
PFL #8 will take place on August 14th at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales