PFL 1 – Regular Season Kicks Off in Style

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The PFL regular season kicks off with PFL 1 this Saturday night, April 1st. With plenty of competitive match-ups, the PFL goes to the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas for the first of the regular season events, live from the Virgin Hotels and will be aired on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+.


April 1sts card will feature the return of the reigning featherweight champion and fan favourite, Brendan Loughnane. Loughnane clashed with Chris Wade in last year’s semi-final, taking place in London before brutally tearing through Bubba Jenkins in the final. Standing across from the current champ will be Marlon Moraes. Moraes is 0-1 with the promotion having lost his debut on the same card that Loughnane won the belt, however, will be looking to attack this season with a vengeance. Moraes spoke to MMASucka discussing the fight, which can be seen here.

The co-main event features the 2022 light heavyweight champion, Rob Wilkinson in his journey back to the top. He will square off against PFL debutant, Thiago Santos. Santos is no stranger to the big stage having headlined seven UFC events and competed for the title back in 2019. Wilkinson is all action after a hugely successful campaign last year. He finished all four of his seasonal bouts via KO/TKO, notably Omari Akhmedov in the final. This one is guaranteed fireworks.

Elsewhere, UFC vet, Krzysztof Jotko will make his promotional debut against Bellator and one-fight PFL vet, Will Fleury. The two well-rounded light heavyweights will be looking to steal the show from last year’s champions and kick-start their run to the title.

Bubba Jenkins, Chris Wade, Movlid Khaybulaev and Ryoji Kudo will all also kick off their featherweight journey to the top.

Impa Kasangany makes his full PFL debut after gaining a contract on the Challenger Series. Kasangany spoke to MMASuck prior to that challenger series bout, which can be found here. He takes on Cory Hendricks, who is 2-2 with the promotion since joining in 2021.

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Frazer Krohn has been with MMASucka for nearly 5 years. He is the host of the MMASucka podcast, which is released every Monday. He's the author of a series of six books about MMA, which were published in 2023.

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