The Professional Fighters League almost has a full deck for its 2019 season.
Officials announced eight additions to this season’s roster on Monday via press release, including names like Japanese heavyweight star Satoshi Ishii (21-8-1) and former UFC featherweight standout Jeremy Kennedy (13-1). ESPN was first to report several of the signings.
The announcement also confirms the involvement of Ronys Torres (37-6) and Francimar Barroso (22-7-1, 1 NC), previously reported by MMA Fighting.
Ishii, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist in judo, has won six straight fights competing in Japan and Europe. He has not competed in the United States since losing a split decision to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at Bellator 157 in St. Louis, Missouri, in June 2016. Ishii’s last outing just two weeks ago saw him earn a split nod over Fernando Rodrigues Jr. at a KSW show.
This will be Kennedy’s second attempt at stepping into a PFL cage after he had to bow out of an alternate spot due to an existing contract with Brave Combat Federation. Kennedy has competed twice for Brave, winning both bouts by knockout. Prior to that, he compiled a 3-1 record in the UFC with unanimous decision wins over Kyle Bochniak, Rony Jason, and Alessandro Ricci.
Also confirmed on Monday were light heavyweights Jorge Gonzalez (15-3) and Rashid Yusupov (10-1), ex-UFC featherweight Damon Jackson (16-2-1, 1 NC), and recent Contender Series welterweight competitor Chris Curtis (20-5).
The 2019 PFL regular season kicks off on May 9 and will air on ESPN2, ESPN+, and ESPN Deportes.
There are still three open roster spots to fill.
See the updated PFL 2019 roster below:
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