ORLANDO, FLORIDA - The Professional Fighters League held official weigh-ins for Week 8 of the 2022 PFL Challenger Series, featuring fighters looking for a second chance at a PFL contract. PFL Challenger Series is available on Fubo Sports Network, the live, free-to-consumer TV network from sports-first live TV streaming platform fuboTV Inc.
In the main event, welterweights clash as Carlos "The Lion" Leal (15-3) of Brazil faces American Chris "Breezy" Brown (8-3). Leal, who weighed in at 171.2 pounds, returns to the SmartCage for another shot at a PFL contract after the LFA Welterweight Champion turned in an impressive 56-second TKO in Week 2 of the PFL Challenger Series. Brown, who weighed-in at 175.6-pounds, is also an LFA veteran who is riding a three-fight winning streak. The Jackson-Wink product is 8-3 in his career, with five of his wins coming by finish.
In the light heavyweight co-main event, Simeon "Smooth" Powell (4-0) of Great Britain meets American Tobias "The Heathen" Baker (2-1). Powell came in at 205.2 pounds, and was initially scheduled to compete in Week 1 of the PFL Challenger Series but had to withdraw when he was unable to obtain a visa in time. Now, he gets another shot at the highly-coveted PFL contract. Baker, meanwhile, came in at 206-pounds, and comes in with a 2-1 professional record. Both of Baker's victories have come by way of first-round TKO.
Also on the card, women’s lightweight fighters square off as Jackie "The Hybrid" Cataline (1-0) of the United States meets fellow American Jeslen "The Wrecking Ball" Mishelle (1-0). Cataline, who came in at 154.2 pounds, returns to the PFL SmartCage following an impressive first-round submission win back in Week 3 of the PFL Challenger Series. Mishelle, who weighed-in at 155.2 pounds, was also victorious back in Week 3, scoring a first round TKO. Now, the two undefeated fighters square off for another chance at a PFL contract.
Kicking things off is a featherweight contest as Australia's Aaron "The Educator" Blackie (8-2) meets Lebanese-American Ali "VIP" Zebian (7-2). Blackie came in at 145.4 pounds, and will finally make his SmartCage debut after initially being scheduled to compete in Week 4 of the PFL Challenger Series. Zebian, who came in at 148.2 pounds, brings a ton of experience to his PFL debut following stints with Bellator and LFA.
Complete PFL Challenger Series 8 weigh-in results include:
- Carlos Leal (171.2) vs. Chris Brown (175.6)
- Simeon Powell (205.2) vs. Tobias Baker (206)
- Jackie Cataline (154.2) vs. Jeslen Mishelle (155.2)
- Aaron Blackie (145.4) vs. Ali Zebian (148.2)