Top UK prospect, Dakota Ditcheva announced yesterday via her Instagram that she has signed for the PFL and will feature on the first promotional card in London on August 20th.
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At just 23 years old and already holding an undefeated record of 5-0, Ditcheva has a huge future ahead of her. The multiple-time Muay Thai world champion went 4-0 as an amateur before turning professional in 2021. With three fights on local shows as a professional, she quickly progressed to 3-0, all of which came via finish. She then took part in the inaugural Pallas Athena Women’s Fighting Championship event, where she took on the experienced, Simone da Silva. da Silva, like the three women before her, fell at the hands of Ditcheva, with the Brit picking up a second-round TKO.
Most recently, Ditcheva picked up a dominant victory at UAE Warriors 28. Over 15 minutes, the exciting prospect looked solid with a victory over Paula Cristina, who was undefeated at the time.
Ditcheva has been training stateside in recent weeks to mix up her training. She’s been training with UFC stars including Jessica Rose Clark, Cory McKenna, Joanne Wood, Merab Dvalishvili and Ariane Lipski, amongst a whole host of others. Training at the UFC PI as well as with all of the above names will no doubt prepare Ditcheva well for her PFL debut. She’s seemed to settle at American Top Team in recent weeks.
Dakota Ditcheva will debut at PFL 9 on August 20th in her home country. She takes on Moroccan, Hassna Gaber. Gaber is 4-1, twice competing for UAE Warriors. The bout will take place at flyweight and, of course, won’t effect any of the current tournament standings. As per the BBC, Ditcheva spoke about signing for the PFL:
“I could not be happier to have signed with the PFL to take my career to the next level”
“Fighting on the same card as PFL stars Kayla Harrison and Brendan Loughnane is a dream come true”
Ditcheva’s fight will be on the undercard of an extremely strong PFL 9 card. Kayla Harrison will headline the card when she takes on Martina Jindrova. The co-main event sees Brendan Loughnane take on a tough test in Chris Wade. Bubba Jenkins and Ryoji Kudo clash in the featherweight tournament.
The other stand-out fight on the card is a lightweight clash between Marcin Held and Myles Price.
Featured Image from Ditcheva’s Instagram