PFL Europe Returns to Newcastle on June 8th

PFL Europe Returns to Newcastle with Stacked Card on June 8th
PFL Europe Returns to Newcastle with Stacked Card on June 8th

The Professional Fighters League (PFL) returns to Newcastle Upon-Tyne, England, for its highly anticipated PFL Europe event on Saturday, June 8th. The night promises non-stop MMA action with fighters vying for a spot in the PFL Europe Playoffs in September and a chance to claim the coveted European Championship title and $100,000 prize money.

The 2024 PFL Europe Season promises non-stop action, with returning stars and new elite talent from across Europe, all looking to begin their ‘Path to Greatness’ for the coveted PFL Europe Championship and $100,000 in prize money. The event will also see local hero Savannah Marshall make her MMA debut against Brazil’s Mirela Vargas, as well as a host of other elite level European MMA showcase bouts. PFL Europe Newcastle will air exclusively in the U.K. on DAZN beginning at 5 pm GMT, with tickets on sale now at

A high-profile signing that shook the combat sports world in 2023, and a native of the North East of England, Marshall is a must-watch talent, boasting ten victories by knockout in her illustrious boxing career. Marshall joins the deepest female combat sports roster in the world, which includes a familiar foe in Claressa Shields. Her first test in MMA comes in the form of Vargas, a three fight professional, who will be entering enemy territory when she challenges Marshall in front of a partisan crowd.

With the winners progressing and the losers going home, the stakes could not be higher for the Bantamweights, as England’s highly regarded Scouser Dean Garnett (12-2-1), who is on a four-fight win streak, faces Belgium’s Ayton De Paepe (12-4) as both step into the PFL SmartCage for the first time.

Also at Bantamweight, last year’s finalist, Ireland’s Frans Mlambo (15-6) looks to bounce straight back to his winning ways against Scotland’s ‘The Apocalypse’ Luke Shanks (10-4), while returning champion Khurshed Kakhorov (12-1) begins the defense of his PFL Europe title as he puts it all on the line against dangerous Georgian Kikadze Bondo (8-3-1) who dominated striking expert Dom Wooding last time out.

Rounding off the Bantamweights, Alexander Luster (7-1), who has lit up the German MMA scene with all seven of his professional wins coming inside the opening two-rounds, faces Alperen Karabulut (10-3, 1 NC), who becomes the first Turkish fighter to ever compete inside the PFL SmartCage.

In the Women’s Flyweight division, one of the most highly regarded female prospects in the world of MMA, Shanelle ‘The Nightmare’ Dyer (4-0) will make her PFL Europe Season debut against Georgian submission specialist Mariam Torchinava (9-2). Also on the card Dyer’s bitter rival and viral sensation, Sammy-Jo Luxton (2-0), makes her long awaited PFL Europe debut versus the returning Dutch talent Lizzy Gevers (3-1).

Finishing off the Women’s Flyweight season bouts, 2023 finalist Valentina Scatizzi (2-2) from Italy will go up against France’s vastly experienced 43 year-old Marie Loiseau (6-4) and Ireland’s SBG trained Dee Begley (4-5) faces Poland’s Paulina Wisniewska (2-0), who will be looking to continue her perfect 2-0 professional record. There will also be one additional Welterweight Season fight, due to a fight cancellation in Paris. Jack Grant (19-8) will face off against Charlie Leary (17-13-1) to proceed to the playoffs and join the semi finalists who were victorious in Paris.

In addition to the Bantamweight and Women’s Flyweights, Newcastle will also see a number of elite showcase bouts in one of the most stacked cards in all of European MMA this year. Following on from his narrow defeat to 2023 Lightweight champion Jakub Kaszuba, Bellator veteran Kane Mousah (14-6) from Manchester will clash with Ireland’s fan-favorite Dylan Tuke (7-4) ,while fellow Manc, the hard hitting Lewis McGrillen (8-1) also returns. Elsewhere on the card, viral superstar and two-time kickboxing world champion Ben Woolliss (2-0) will look to continue his unbeaten pro MMA record in his first fight with the PFL since signing a multi-fight deal, Woolliss will take on Maher Belkhadir (1-1) of France. Completing the matchups on June 8th, unbeaten Mark Ewen (5-0) switches over from Bellator to take on Mathias Poiron (7-1) of France, and exciting new PFL signing Ibragim Ibragimov (6-0), makes his much-anticipated debut against Josh Reed (13-8) of Wales. Ibragimov, originally from Dagestan, represents a sporting family with three of his brothers signed to Manchester United.

The 2024 PFL Europe Season began last month with an incredible sold-out show in Paris, before rolling into Newcastle Upon-Tyne at Utilita Arena on June 8, and moving into new territory in Glasgow for a huge night of playoff action at OVO Hydro on September 28. The season will conclude with an epic Championship event at a venue to be announced in the near future.

Updated PFL Europe Newcastle Main Card: 
June 8 – 5 pm GMT 

Main Event: Savannah Marshall (Debut) vs. Mirela Vargas (1-2)
Lightweight Showcase Bout: Kane Mousah (14-6) vs. Dylan Tuke (7-4)
Welterweight Season Bout: Jack Grant (19-8) vs. Charlie Leary (17-13-1)
Bantamweight Season Bout: Dean Garnett (12-2-1) vs. Ayton De Paepe (12-4)
Women’s Flyweight Season Bout: Shanelle Dyer (4-0) vs. Mariam Torchinava (9-2)
Featherweight Showcase Bout: Ibragim Ibragimov (6-0) vs. Josh Reed (13-8)
Bantamweight Season Bout: Frans Mlambo (15-6) vs. Luke Shanks (10-4)
Women’s Flyweight Season Bout: Lizzy Gevers (3-1) vs. Sammy-Jo Luxton (2-0)
Lightweight Showcase Bout: Mark Ewen (5-0) vs. Mathias Poiron (7-1)
Bantamweight Season Bout: Khurshed Kakhorov (12-1) vs. Bondo Kikadze (8-3-1)
Women’s Flyweight Season Bout: Valentina Scatizzi (2-2) vs. Marie Loiseau (6-4)
Featherweight Showcase Bout: Ben Woolliss (2-0) vs. Maher Belkhadir (1-1)
Bantamweight Bout: Alexander Luster (7-1) vs. Alperen Karabulut (10-3, 1 NC)
Women’s Flyweight Bout: Dee Begley (4-5) vs. Paulina Wisniewska (2-0)

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