Former UFC lightweight fighter and newly signed PFL fighter Anthony Pettis has pulled out of his scheduled fight at PFL 4 and now will be fighting at PFL 6.
Former UFC champion Anthony Pettis was supposed to fight Alexander Martinez at PFL 4 but now he had to withdraw from the fight due to illness. Ag Fight was the first to report the news. Now since Pettis is no longer available for PFL 4, he will be replaced by 2019 lightweight champ Natan Schulte who will face Martinez in Atlantic City, N.J. Anthony now will fight at PFL 6 and will face Raush Manfio on June 25.
Troca-troca! Fora do evento desta quinta-feira, Anthony Pettis deve enfrentar Raush Manfio no dia 25 de junho!
— Ag. Fight (@AgFight) June 9, 2021
URGENT: Anthony Pettis is sick and removed from the PFL 4 card. Nathan Schulte replaces him in the fight against Alexander Martinez. More information in a moment on the Ag Fight website!
Pettis faced Alex Morono at UFC Fight Night in 2020. He won the fight via unanimous decision. It was the last remaining fight on Pettis’ UFC contract, Pettis announced on December 22 that he was not going to negotiate a new contract with the UFC and instead he would like to become a free agent and explore the other worlds of fighting.
Just one day after announcing that he would be a free agent and wants to explore more, Pettis announced that he has signed a multi-fight deal with the Professional Fighters League, and he would be competing as a lightweight in the 2021 season. Pettis made his PFL debut against Clay Collard in April, at PFL 1. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Former undisputed boxing champion Claressa Shields is going to make her MMA debut at PFL 4. Shields, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, and multiple-time boxing world champion will be facing Brittney Elkin in her debut.
The updated 2021, PFL 4 lineup:
MAIN CARD (10 p.m. ET, ESPN 2, ESPN+)
- Claressa Shields vs. Brittney Elkin
- Clay Collard vs. Joilton Lutterbach
- Bubba Jenkins vs. Bobby Moffett
- Tyler Diamond vs. Brendan Loughnane
PRELIMINARY CARD (7 p.m. ET, ESPN+)
- Natan Schulte vs. Alex Martinez
- Marcin Held vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
- Akhmet Aliev vs. Loik Radzhabov
- Sheymon Moraes vs. Jesse Stirn
- Chris Wade vs. Arman Ospanov
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