Former UFC Heavyweights Among Flock of Replacements 2022 PFL 5 lineup

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The second of three 2022 PFL regular season events held at Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta takes place Friday and features competitors in the lightweight and heavyweight divisions.

Tuesday, the promotion announced multiple changes to its 2022 PFL 5 “opening card” (prelims). The main card remains intact and is headlined by a heavyweight bout between 2021 PFL heavyweight champion Bruno Cappelozza (15-5) and Matheus Scheffel (15-8). In the co-main event, former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (25-12) battles Stevie Ray (23-10).

Check out the most recent lineup, announced by PFL, which includes the insertion of multiple UFC alums as short-notice replacements.

DWCS alum Shelton Graves steps in

With England’s Stuart Austin out, Dana White’s Contender Series alumnus Shelton Graves (9-5) returns to action for the first time in nearly three years. He’ll face Ante Delija (20-5) in the featured prelim bout.

UFC alum Maurice Greene steps in

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 08: (L-R) Maurice Greene punches Marcos Rogerio de Lima of Brazil in a heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 08, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

An alumnus of the UFC and “The Ultimate Fighter,” Maurice Greene (10-6) gets another crack in a major promotion. Greene, who is now a main training partner of former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, won his lone outing since his promotional release. Friday, he’ll take on Denis Goltsov (28-7). With the removal of Ali Isaev vs. Jamelle Jones, the promotion split Goltsov and opponent Sam Kei and booked them for new matchups.

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UFC alum Juan Adams steps in

Juan Adams

“The Kraken” is back in the spotlight. The winner of four of five outings since his UFC departure in 2020, Juan Adams (9-4) steps in to face Sam Kei (8-6). With the removal of Ali Isaev vs. Jamelle Jones, the promotion split Kei and opponent Denis Goltsov and booked them for new matchups.

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2019 PFL heavyweight champion Ali Isaev (9-0) and 2021 PFL heavyweight semifinalist Jamelle Jones (12-8) will not fight Friday. Their bout is off for undisclosed reasons.

‘Pitbull Brothers’ underling Reinaldo Ekson steps in

Challenger Series 4 Weigh-In at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, Thursday, March 10, 2022. (Cooper Neill / PFL)

A winner on PFL Challenger Series earlier in 2022, Reinaldo Ekson (18-5) steps in on short notice to battle seasoned veteran Bubba Jenkins (17-5) in a featherweight battle, replacing Saba Bolaghi. Ekson is a protege of Patricio and Patricky “Pitbull,” the brother-tandem of Bellator champions.

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I really enjoy the PFl. Glad that they can offer fighters opportunities.

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I like the PFL format. There is a bit of politics of course w who gets selected for the tourny and where they are seeded, but I like that they crown a champion tournament style and the best man is likely to win.

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