Which Fighter is Also Giving The PFL An Ultimatum?
Due to a lack of activity and the fact that he is getting older, the Professional Fighters League has another fighter who is interested in competing outside of the promotion.
Ali Isaev, the 2019 PFL Heavyweight Champion, recently spoke to RT Sport, regarding his status with the PFL. The promotion recently canceled its 2020 season as a result of COVID-19. They would then provide the fighters that weren’t released a $1,000 monthly stipend. Isaev (9-0) has seen other promotions like the UFC and Bellator come back with no issues and wants to find a way to fight again.
“I’ll be 37 soon,” Isaev stated. “That’s why I wanted the PFL either to give me a fight or let me go, so that I can fight in other promotions before the end of the year. Because I can’t wait and take a big break, I want to compete. Time goes by and I have to find new opportunities to make a statement and fight against the top guys.”
Isaev (9-0) made his professional debut in 2016. Appearing for Russia’s Fight Nights Global, he made his United States debut with the PFL in June 2019. The Dagestani won all five of his fights with the PFL, culminating with a championship win over Jared Rosholt via TKO. He was ready to put on a show when it was announced that all the champions would be returning for the next season.
Happy that the PFL gave him a chance to be shown around the world, Isaev just wants to continue the momentum he had. Even with gyms in his area closed, Isaev is ready to try and see what he can do in a COVID-19 fight world.
“To be honest, the PFL gave me a chance to make myself known, they’re a very nice organization,” Isaev went on to say. “If they let me go, maybe I’ll come back later – why not? That’s where I got my start. It would be great if they could understand my situation and made a choice that would work for me. Stability, I need stability.”
Stating he would be interested in joining the UFC, Isaev wouldn’t mind a PFL v. UFC Heavyweight Champion matchup between him and Stipe Miocic. Regardless of who he faces, Isaev sees the UFC as a top brand and somewhere where he can earn more money.
Isaev joins Lance Palmer as the latest fighter to request his release from the PFL. Palmer, the PFL Featherweight Champion, gave the promotion an ultimatum as he was itching to compete. He later requested his release after the PFL sent out a statement regarding his father.