Former UFC fighter Olivier Aubin-Mercier has been removed from PFL’s April 23rd lineup, being replaced by Raush Manfio in a lightweight bout against Joilton Lutterbach. The promotion officially announced the change on Tuesday.
It is not known currently why Aubin-Mercier was pulled from the lineup.
The new matchup joins PFL’s first event of the year, which is set to happen at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Manfio enters the PFL after a long run in regional MMA promotion Titan FC. His last MMA bout was in 2018, where he lost a title fight to Sidney Outlaw.
His last combat sports appearance was in May of 2020, where he lost a grappling bout to Gesias Cavalcante.
He now faces Lutterbach, who enters the 2021 season on a four-fight win streak.
Here is how the card for PFL’s April 23rd event looks at the moment.
Main Card (9:00PM EST) (ESPN 2)
Bout 10: Anthony Pettis (24-10) vs. Clay Collard (18-8) (Lightweight)
Bout 9: Natan Schulte (20-3-1) vs. Marcin Held (26-7) (Lightweight)
Bout 8: Movlid Khaybulaev (15-0-1) vs. Jason Soares (14-0) (Featherweight)
Bout 7: Lance Palmer (22-3) vs. Bubba Jenkins (14-4) (Featherweight)
Preliminary Card (5:30PM EST) (ESPN+)
Bout 6: Loik Radzhabov (13-2-1) vs. Johnny Case (27-7-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 5: Joilton Lutterbach (34-8) vs. Raush Manfio (11-3) (Lightweight)
Bout 4: Akhmet Aliev (19-6) vs. Mikhail Odintsov (18-2) (Lightweight)
Bout 3: Jo Sungbin (9-1) vs. Tyler Diamond (11-1) (Featherweight)
Bout 2: Brendan Loughnane (19-3) vs. Sheymon Moraes (11-4) (Featherweight)
Bout 1: Chris Wade (17-6) vs. Anthony Dizy (13-3) (Featherweight)