Three World Champions Join PFL’s Expanding Global Talent Roster

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NEW YORK (December 06, 2022) - The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the fastest growing and most innovative sports league, today announced the signings of three MMA world champions to exclusive PFL contracts. Rizvan Kuniev, Quemuel Ottoni and Manoel Sousa are set to join a roster already made up of the best talent from around the world.

Rizvan Kuniev, the current Eagle FC Heavyweight Champion, begins his PFL career with 12 professional wins. Kuniev, proficient in Wushu Sanda, is a 6’4” knockout artist who will look to power his way to a PFL championship.

“We are excited to add these elite fighters to our global roster,” said Ray Sefo, President of Fighter Operations of PFL. “The PFL will put these athletes on the global stage.”

Quemuel Ottoni, the Jungle Fights WW Champion, is the only man to beat Alex Pereria. The Welterweight joins the PFL on a five fight winning streak, with 12 professional victories. 

Manoel ”Manumito” Sousa, the SFT Lightweight Champion, will step into the PFL SmartCage undefeated. The 25-year old career record stands at 8-0-0

PFL is the first and only MMA league with a true sports-season format where elite fighters from around the world compete in a Regular Season, Playoffs and Championship. The four competitors in each division who earn the most points in the Regular Season advance to the win-or-go-home Playoffs, followed by the biggest night in MMA – the PFL World Championship – with each winner going home with the $1 million prize.

Professional Fighters League is the No. 2 MMA company globally and features an elite talent roster. PFL has live event coverage in 160 countries on leading distribution platforms and delivers a unique, innovative product to MMA fans around the world.

About Professional Fighters League
Professional Fighters League (PFL) is the fastest growing and most innovative sports league.  PFL is the #2 MMA company worldwide and the only with the sports-season format where individual fighters compete in Regular Season, Playoffs, and Championship.

PFL airs in the U.S on ESPN and ESPN+ and broadcast and streamed worldwide to 160 countries, with partners including Channel 4, DirecTV, RMC Sport, Eurosport, Sky Sports, and more. The PFL roster is world-class, with 25% of PFL fighters independently ranked in the top 25 in the world. The PFL proprietary SmartCage data and analytics platform powers real-time betting and provides next-gen viewing experience. 

PFL has over two-dozen blue-chip brand sponsors such as Anheuser-Busch, IBM, GEICO, DraftKings, Bose,, Air Force Reserve, US Marine Corps, and more. PFL is backed by major investors including Ares Capital, Luxor Capital, Elysian Park Ventures, Swan Ventures, Knighthead, Legends, and several NBA, MLB, and NHL team owners.

MMA is the growth sport of this decade, with 600 million fans worldwide, the youngest audience demo of any sport, and true global revenue streams.; Instagram (@PFLmma); Twitter (@PFLMMA); Facebook (/PFLmma)