- Abdullah Al-Qahtani signs with PFL
- Al-Qahtani will continue to compete for BRAVE CF
- Al-Qahtani is the latest Middle Eastern talent to sign with PFL
Another Middle Eastern mixed martial arts contender will test his skills in the United States, with Abdullah Al-Qahtani of Saudi Arabia signing a United States-based promotion in the Professional Fighters League (PFL).
The 24-year-old is considered one of Saudi Arabia’s greatest talents and has a 5-1 win as a professional.
Al-Qahtani started his professional career in 2018 when he defeated Abdullah Muhammad Ali Musalim by decision at Phoenix FC 6.
After a triumphant debut, Al-Qahtani was acquired by the BRAVE Combat Federation – the largest MMA organization in the Middle East.
Under the BRAVE CF, “The Ripper” continued to impress as he won his next two bouts by split decision.
After almost two years without action, Al-Qahtani returned to the cage in spectacular fashion in 2021, knocking out Nejc Preloznik with a body kick and punches.
In 2022, Al-Qahtani defeated Yong Soo Jung by unanimous decision before suffering the first loss of his career at the hands of Ilyor Bakhtiyar Uulu.
In that fight, Al-Qahtani was lauded by a number of peers including mentor and BRAVE CF super lightweight champion Eldar Eldarov and company president Mohammed Shahid.
“Abdullah showed great spirit. Some defeats are better than wins. I think this was Abdullah’s best fight compared to his previous wins,” said Eldarov.
“I believe that Abdullah Al-Qahtani has the potential to become one of the best featherweight fighters, not just in BRAVE CF but in the entire global MMA industry. He has shown he is a well-rounded fighter and is ready to challenge the top guys in the featherweight roster. He is a real Arab warrior,” Shahid said.
While signing a contract with PFL, it was also announced that Al-Qahtani will continue to compete for BRAVE CF.
Al-Qahtani is just the latest Middle Eastern fighter to try his luck at PFL while following in the footsteps of fellow Brave CF stars like Jarrah Al-Silawi and Mohammad Fakhreddine.
Al-Silawi was very impressive in his first stint with the PFL, earning a regular-season spot after a solid run in the 2022 PFL Challenger Series and then going on to become one of the top welterweight contenders in the league.
On the other hand, Fakhreddine is expected to make his PFL debut this year.