NEW YORK - The Professional Fighters League announced the signing of two athletes from the Middle East. The signings expand PFL's global talent roster in the MENA region which includes PFL Challenger Series Jarrah Al-Silawi of Jordan.
"The Professional Fighters League is pleased to announce the addition of Mohammad Fakhreddine of Lebanon and Tarek Suleiman of Syria to our global MMA fighter roster," PFL CEO Peter Murray said. "The PFL takes great care in scouting and signing the best MMA athletes from around the world, and we are committed to further developing the sport in the Middle East starting with signing top fighters from the region and staging year-round events in the UAE."
"We are excited to add these two talented fighters from the Middle East to our global roster," PFL president of fighter operations Ray Sefo said. "We will put them on a global stage, including MBC in the MENA region and other major media networks around the world, to showcase the growing talent pool from this region. PFL is committed to signing and developing top talent from the Middle East and letting them compete with the best fighters from around the world."
"The Latest" Fakhreddine a 37-year-old light heavyweight from Lebanon, joins the PFL roster with 15 career wins.
Suleiman, a 32-year-old middleweight out of Syria, joins the Professional Fighters League with 12 career wins and a wrestling background.
The pathway to the 2022 PFL World Championships and $1 million purse that comes with it will begin with a field of 24 fighters across six divisions. Each of the three playoff events will feature the top-four fighters across two weight divisions battling to earn a spot in the final – the biggest night in MMA – with no other sports league able to match the thrilling action in this win-and-advance, lose-and-go-home format.
The second half of the 2022 PFL Regular Season continues Friday from OTE Arena at Atlantic Station in Atlanta, with the final regular season event July 1.