On Friday, the Professional Fighters League kicks off its brand new format, the Challenger Series. In the PFL Challenger Series 1, eight light heavyweights compete for a regular-season contract. In the co-headliner, Alexander Poppeck (12-3, 0-0 PFL) takes on Bellator MMA alum Taylor Johnson. Poppeck is very aware that not only does he have to win the fight, but he also has to put on a good show for the professional judges and the fans.
“To give the fans a good fight, you have to fight with heart and try to win all the time, put all your strength and all your effort into winning,” he said. “I think the fans want to see that. They don’t just want to see a unanimous decision without doing much or anything, they want to see action, they want to see pressure and that’s what I want to bring.
MMA fans will already know Poppeck from his appearance in Dana White’s Contender Series in July 2019. “Ironside” lost to Jamahal Hill in a duel that was easily a result of being quite worn out from jet lag. While Poppeck does credit to his former opponent, the German also admits he’s made some adjustments for his arrival in the US this time around.
“This time I made a change to arrive earlier because at that point we only arrived two days before the event so I wasn’t even there as in thoughts. I was very tired and not ready to fight. Still, I had a good fight against it [a guy who] is now number 10 in the UFC. Everyone gets better over time and trains more and takes the experience with them. Now here we are at the PFL Challenger Series.”
Poppeck also spoke about his pre-fight training camp, his thoughts on his next opponent and more.
(01:14) His training camp
(02:22) His experience with DWCS
(04:19) Studies Johnson
(05:25) Commentary on Johnson’s decision to move up to the 205lb division
(06:13) Fights in the PFL Challenger Series and comments on the PFL format
(09:10) Capturing the hearts of the fans
Tudor Leonte began writing about mixed martial arts for Italian media in 2013. His journey with Sherdog began in 2018 and he now covers One Championship and countless European shows. You can follow him on Twitter @Mr. Tudor Leonte.
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