PFL 6 lineup revised, defending heavyweight champion Ali Isaev out

Ali Isaev | Ryan Loco, PFL

For the third season in a row, the PFL will crown a new heavyweight champion.

Defending 2019 champion Ali Isaev has been forced to withdraw from next Friday’s PFL 6 event in Atlantic City, N.J., after not being medically cleared to compete, the league announced Thursday. Stepping in for Isaev to fight Renan Ferreira (6-2, 1 NC) will be PFL newcomer Stuart Austin (15-6).

Isaev won the PFL heavyweight championship at the conclusion of the 2019 season, following 2018 winner Philipe Lins (there was no 2020 champion due to that season being cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic). With Isaev having also withdrawn from PFL 3 in May, he will not be competing for the league title again this season.

Also receiving a new opponent is heavyweight Ante Delija (17-4). League newcomer Chandler Cole (8-2) now fights Delija as a replacement for Hatef Moeil.

A bout between heavyweight alternates Klidson Abreu (15-4, 1 NC) and Jamelle Jones (11-6) has also been added to the card. All the newly added fighters are eligible to earn points for a spot in the upcoming PFL playoffs, which begin on Aug. 13.

See the updated PFL 6 card below:

Main Card (ESPN2, 10 p.m. ET)

Kayla Harrison vs. Cindy Dandois
Anthony Pettis vs. Raush Manfio
Lance Palmer vs. Movlid Khaybulaev
Denis Goltsov vs. Brandon Sayles

Preliminaries (ESPN+, 6:30 p.m. ET)

Bruno Cappelozza vs. Muhammed DeReese

Larissa Pacheco vs. Olena Kolesnyk
Ante Delija vs. Chandler Cole
Genah Fabian vs. Julija Pajic
Renan Ferreira vs. Stuart Austin
Taylor Guardado vs. Laura Sanchez
Kaitlin Young vs. Mariana Morais
Klidson Abreu vs. Jamelle Jones

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