Reports have surfaced that there could be a 50% roster turnover heading into season three later this year, but the promotion has a plan to fill some of those roster spots with the International Qualifier Series.
That plan will see the promotion team with five international organizations in United Arab Emirates, Russia, Germany, Brazil and Australia to hold a four-fighter tournament, with each winner entering the third season of the PFL.
"We're excited to accelerate growth outside of the United States through the International Qualifier Series, a global fight twice in one-night tournament designed to identify and recruit the best MMA fighters from five priority markets around the world," PFL CEO Peter Murray said to ESPN. "We look forward to working with UAE Warriors in the Middle East, a region with an affinity for combat sports and an impressive crop of high-caliber fighters. This is a unique challenge, and we'll see if these athletes have what it takes to fight for the PFL and compete for a title and million-dollar prize."
All of the tournaments are expected to take place in the next two months, with the United Arab Emirates event from the UAE Warriors promotion reportedly happening on March 20. There have been no broadcast plans announced at this time by the PFL or their partner organizations for the International Qualifier Series events.