Exclusive: PFL Targeting Three Of Kadyrov’s WFCA Fighters for 2018 $1,000,000 League Format
MMA Today has confirmed with multiple sources that the PFL are currently in negotiations with three top fighters from Kadyrov’s WFCA promotion.
After initially learning of the intent of the Professional Fighter’s League (PFL) to bring over three of World Fighting Championship Akhmat (WFCA) fighters, MMA Today followed up and managed to confirm with multiple sources that the PFL are currently in negotiations with Khusein Khaliev (17-1), Said Nurmagomedov (10-1) and Magomed Ankalaev (9-0). The intention is to have all three fighters as a part of their $1,000,000 league format once it goes into full effect in 2018.
All three fighters are exceptional prospects and are currently champions with WFCA at their respective weight classes. Nurmagomedov at Bantamweight, Khaliev at Lightweight and Ankalaev at Light Heavyweight.
Khaliev is the most tenured of the three boasting an impressive 17-1 record. His only loss being a contentious decision to former M-1 Welterweight champion, Yasubey Enomoto. Khaliev employs a vicious striking game that incorporates a proclivity for spinning kicks and other flash techniques. His ground game is also very proficient, having stopped ten of his opponents via submission. Khaliev will undoubtedly be a handful for anyone else PFL can manage to sign at Lightweight, including the six-fight UFC veteran, Rashid Magomedov.
Nurmagomedov is a live wire at Bantamweight. His only career loss came a the hands of standout and now UFC ranked, Magomed Bibulatov (who I think will be challenging for the Flyweight title in the coming year) giving him all he could handle before losing a decision. Nurmagomedov is currently booked for a title defence against former Bellator and Pancrase fighter, Luis Nogueira. A stiff test for the Dagestani in what will be his second title defence at WFCA after winning the belt in late 2016.
Ankalaev is arguably the best Light Heavyweight prospect outside of the UFC and Bellator. Undefeated at 9-0, Ankalaev has wins over top regional talent such as Artur Astakov and Maxim Grishin along with former UFC veteran, Wagner Prado. The Grishin fight in particular illustrated just about everything Ankalaev is capable of. Against Grishin he used a measured and cerebral approach, working behind a solid counter boxing game while incorporating his masterful clinchwork to keep Grishin guessing before finishing the Russian standout with a head kick in round four. At the time Grishin was riding high on a 13-fight win streak including wins over Trevor Prangley, Rodney Wallace, Mario Miranda, Joachim Christensen and a kickboxing win over Sokoudjou. Ankalaev will be defending his Light Heavyweight title at WFCA 43 in October against Brazilian, Celso Ricardo de Silva.
In Ankalaev, PFL will arguably have the best Light Heavyweight prospect that’s been available in some time.
MMA Today can confirm both Said Nurmagomedov and Khusein Khaliev are now signed with the PFL. Magomed Ankalaev is still involved in ongoing negotiations.
Rumours also suggest Aigun Akhmedov will be competing in the PFL league format in 2018, although as of publishing they are unsubstantiated.