UFC alum Danilo Marques headlines PFL’s 2023 heavyweight Challenger Series

The PFL announced its heavyweight matchups for the 2023 Challenger Series.

The 2023 Challenger Series will air on Fridays and takes place Jan. 27 through March 17 in Orlando, Fla., on Fubo Sports Network. Each week fights across all eight of the PFL’s divisions will take place, and at the end of each event, a PFL contract is awarded to one of the winners by a judging panel.

Headlining the hevayweight event is four-fight UFC veteran Danilo Marques (12-4). He takes on Giacomo Lemos (8-0), who scored a second-round knockout of Billy Swanson in the 2022 PFL Challenger Series.

“As the PFL looks ahead to the new year, we are thrilled to reveal our heavyweight division for the 2023 PFL Challenger Series, which will be held for a second straight year at Universal Studios Florida,” PFL president Ray Sefo said in a news release.

The 2023 PFL Challenger Series heavyweight lineup includes:

  • Giacomo Lemos vs. Danilo Marques

  • Vitor Resende vs. Greg Velasco

  • Abraham Bably vs. Hassan Graham

  • Alton Meeks vs. Louie Sutherland

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