The competitors and fights for the 2023 PFL Challenger Series Women's Flyweight have been revealed by the Professional Fighters League (PFL). Fubo Sports, the live, free-to-consumer TV network from FuboTV Inc. (NYSE: FUBO), the top sports-first live TV streaming platform, will be the only place to watch the eight-part PFL Challenger Series.
On the backlot of Universal Studios Florida in Orlando, the Challenger Series, which airs live on Friday evenings in primetime from January 27 through March 17, features combatants vying for the chance to compete for a global championship and a $1 million prize pool.
Chelsea Hackett and Desiree Yanez will square off in the PFL SmartCage for the Women's Flyweight card's main event. Australian kickboxing prospect Hackett, a WMC and WBC Muay Thai champion, recently switched to MMA in preparation for the epidemic. Desiree Yanez, a native of Texas, will challenge the 22-year-old. The current Peak Fighting champion is 32-year-old Yanez, who has four wins via finish, including three knockouts and one submission.
American Kaytlin Neil will face Belgian boxer Griet Eeckhout in the co-main event of the fifth week of the 2023 PFL Challenger Series, making him the second fighter from Belgium to compete under the PFL banner. Neil, a Muay Thai expert with a 4-2 record, will take on Eeckhout, a fighter with four victories by way of finish, including two knockouts and two submissions.
The "Peruvian Zombie" Sandra Lavado will face off against American fighter Shanna Young, who competes out of Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas. Young has five finishes, including two knockouts and three submissions, to his credit. Lavado, who ranks first among women in Peru pound-for-pound, will try to outperform her four submission victories so far.
Helen Peralta, an American fighter based in Iowa, will square off against Lisa Mauldin, another American fighter who trains alongside Carla Esparza, Alex Perez, and Louis Smolka at Team Oyama. In the opening contest of the recently established Women's Flyweight division of the PFL, Peralta will put her amazing 9-1 record to the test as Mauldin looks to increase her unblemished 2-0 record.