MMA star Dakota Ditcheva opens door to fight with Amanda Serrano after boxing legend signs for PFL | The Sun
MMA star Dakota Ditcheva is open to fighting Amanda Serrano after the boxing legend signed for the Professional Fighters League.
Serrano, 34, is a seven-division champion in the ring but she also has two wins and one draw in the cage.
And she looks set to pick up her MMA career after signing with the PFL, a rival promotion to the UFC.
Ditcheva, 24, is currently in the semi-final of the PFL's European season, where a win qualifies her into the $1million global league.
But the former Muay Thai champ would also be all ears if an offer to welcome Serrano to the PFL also presented itself.
Ditcheva told SunSport: “I’m definitely asking about the tournament next year in the main season at flyweight for $1million, but obviously that’s not confirmed.
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“PFL have so many different plans at the moment, they’ve just signed Amanda Serrano and she’s my weight so I’d be up for that next year.
“They’re into all sorts so you never know but I’d definitely be up for doing the tournament next year or just staying busy.
“I’d like three fights next year. So, as long as they give me that and it works for me, then I’m not too bothered.
“My main focus is winning this tournament first, I want to get this belt then we’ll see what happens after that.”
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PFL Europe is a three-stage knockout tournament, with Ditcheva returning in this Saturday's semis in Paris.
The global league instead features two qualification bouts with points earned per method of victory.
From there, the top four in each division progress to the semis and final where a title belt and winner-take-all $1m cash prize is at stake.
But Serrano will instead feature in the PFL's newly-launched super-fight series, which will also see Jake Paul, 26, and Francis Ngannou, 37, debut.
So Ditcheva is eyeing a crossover mega-fight against Serrano, who she has admired from a distance over the years.
PFL have so many different plans at the moment, they’ve just signed Amanda Serrano and she’s my weight so I’d be up for that next year!
She said: “I’d definitely put it out there that I’d be up for that. We’ll see what happens but Serrano is a top level boxer. It would be interesting.
“She fought Katie Taylor and it was a close fight and I’ve always watched Katie and never thought anybody would be on her level so that was a big stand out moment for her.
“I’ve admired what Serrano did in that fight and someone I’ve looked at as a top level athlete.
“It’s nice to see a little crossover in the sport, I’m excited to see how it works out and what they decide to do with it.”
Before any talk of super-fights and $1m seasons, Ditcheva first faces Cornelia Holm in the French capital.
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She said: “I’m expecting a tough fight. She had a close fight in the first round, she got knocked down but she also gave it to the girl.
“I know she’ll be tough but I don’t think I’ll struggle too much against her.”
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