Former UFC featherweight Shane Burgos won’t be making his PFL debut at the promotion’s final event of the year.
News broke Sunday that Burgos has suffered an injury that has forced him out of his November 25th booking against fellow former UFC fighter Marlon Moraes, per Ariel Helwani. Their fight was scheduled to take place at the Hulu Theatre in New York City, New York, USA.
PFL has already found a new opponent for Moraes. He is now expected to face Sheymon Moraes, as announced by the promotion Tuesday. The bout is expected to take place during a five-fight preliminary card on ESPN+.
Burgos was looking to join the PFL this year with some momentum from the end of his UFC run. He is still on a two-fight winning streak from that promotional campaign, coming off wins against Billy Quarantillo and Charles Jourdain.
Marlon Moraes, on the other hand, was coming back from a brief retirement to kick off his second run with the PFL.
Moraes retired from MMA earlier this year after suffering his fourth consecutive finish loss in the UFC. However, plans changed after he inked a PFL contract a few months back.
Moraes’ previous experience in the PFL lasted from 2012 to 2016, when they were known as the World Series of Fighting (WSOF).
Sheymon Moraes is taking this booking after competing in his second PFL season. The featherweight vet didn’t make the playoffs this year after winning and losing a fight via decision during the regular season.
PFL’s final event of 2022 is scheduled to include six title fights. Here’s how the card looks now:
Main Card (8:00PM EST) (PPV)
Bout 12: Kayla Harrison (15-0) vs. Larissa Pacheco (18-4) (PFL Lightweight Championship)
Bout 11: Brendan Loughnane (25-4) vs. Bubba Jenkins (PFL Featherweight Championship)
Bout 10: Ante Delija (22-5) vs. Matheus Scheffel (17-8) (PFL Heavyweight Championship)
Bout 9: Stevie Ray (25-10) vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier (16-5) (PFL Lightweight Championship)
Bout 8: Dilano Taylor (10-2) vs. Sadibou Sy (12-6-2) (PFL Welterweight Championship)
Bout 7: Omari Akhmedov (24-7-1) vs. Rob Wilkinson (16-2) (PFL Light Heavyweight Championship)
Bout 6: Julia Budd (16-4) vs. Aspen Ladd (9-3) (Featherweight)
Preliminary Card (6:30PM EST) (ESPN+)
Bout 5: Sheymon Moraes (14-6) vs. Marlon Moraes (23-10-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 4: Natan Schulte (22-5-1) vs. Jeremy Stephens (29-20) (Lightweight)
Bout 3: Magomed Magomedkerimov (30-6) vs. Gleison Tibau (36-16) (Welterweight)
Bout 2: Dakota Ditcheva (6-0) vs. Katherine Corogenes (2-0) (Flyweight)
Bout 1: Biaggio Ali Walsh (1-1) vs. Tom Graesser (0-0) (Amateur Lightweight)