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Plans revealed for Dubai-backed national team MMA series

Dubai Sports Council (DSC) has partnered up with Premier Global Championship (PGC), a new mixed martial arts series that will feature fighters competing for national teams.

PGC was launched in Dubai yesterday (Monday), with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) city set to host the inaugural end-of-season playoffs.

Over the next few months PGC plans to engage with sponsors and recruit fighters to represent countries ahead of the first tournament, which is scheduled for December 7. The aim is to have 12 national teams competing across 12 fight nights.

Each weekend fight night will host eight fights, of which six will constitute fights for points with two for the title belt and ultimately the prize money. Dubai will host the finale of the inaugural season in April next year.

“Over the past couple months, we have been working with, and meeting, key MMA sports professionals to bring our PGC concept to life,” Aliaziz Ismailov, the founder and president of PGC, said yesterday.

“With the support of our partners and these sports professionals, some sitting here beside me – Rashid Magomedov, Magomed Sultanakhmedov, the Dubai Sports Council, JK58, Magomed Magomedov – we have developed this Premier Global Championship series that will entertain, inspire and continue to grow this exciting global sports segment.

“As a keen MMA fighter myself, I had a dream that we unite these world-class fighters on an Olympic-sized platform that would give established fighters a place to participate, new-upcoming fighters a place to prove their skills, and fans an opportunity to witness this amazing sport and show. We have high ambitions for this platform and believe it will encourage growth in this sport and the sports entertainment platform, both here and at an International level.”

Co-founder Nikolay Slobodyanyuk added: “It is our goal to involve all participating countries to host a fight-night of their own, yet the playoffs will be hosted here in Dubai where it all begins. Unlike other MMA events, PGC will focus on the fighters and the creation of an entertainment experience for fans that truly measures up to the skill-set and excitement-value of the fighting scene.

“It is our goal to involve all participating countries to host a fight-night of their own, but the playoffs will be hosted here in Dubai where it all begins.”