Indian MMA fighter Vikas Singh set to fight at PFL Challenger Series

LockerRoom Team
20 January 2023

Indian MMA fighter Vikas Singh Ruhil is all set to fight at the PFL Challenger Series. Vikas, who has been a mainstay in the Indian MMA Circuit for more than a decade now, will be competing at the Featherweight category.

Vikas will fight against Igeu "Smiley" Kabesa, a wrestler and jiu-jitsu expert from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. With 10 career finishes, Kabesa has won the EFC Worldwide FW championship twice.

The journey so far for Vikas Singh Ruhil

Currently holding a professional MMA record of 12-6 to his name, Vikas has been on an impressive winning streak and has been undefeated since 2017. Vikas was last seen fighting at the Matrix Fight Night in 2020 after which he took a break to recover from an injury. Training out of Team Relentless in Mumbai, Vikas was undefeated in Matrix Fight Night having won three fights under the banner.

Prior to this, he had also competed in the Super Fight League which was also the promotion in which he debuted back in 2012. A former bodybuilder, Vikas took up MMA more than a decade back and will be the first Indian fighter to compete under the PFL banner.

PFL Challenger Series: Featherweight card

Brahyan Zurcher and David Evans will square off in the PFL SmartCage in the main event of the featherweight night. While working out at the renowned Xtreme Couture Gym in Las Vegas, Zurcher, a 26-year-old striker with two professional victories, drew the attention of PFL President of Fighter Operations Ray Sefo. David Evans, who has a five-win MMA record with three stoppages, will be positioned on the opposite side of the PFL SmartCage.

Zachary Hicks, an American wrestler who has won his past three fights and submitted five of his opponents, will compete against Nathan Kelly of Ireland, who is on a winning streak with five first-round stoppages.

Ago "The Bosnian Dragon" Husic and unbeaten Gabriel Braga will continue the fight in an effort to win a PFL contract. Husic, who memorably fought Brendan Loughnane, the 2022 PFL Featherweight Champion, on short notice, is back in the SmartCage to face Braga, a Muay Thai expert who trains with the illustrious Nogueira brothers.

The Challenger Series, which takes place on the backlot of Universal Studios Florida in Orlando and airs live on Friday evenings in primetime from January 27 through March 17, features fighters vying for the chance to compete for a world championship and a $1 million prize pool.


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