Sheymon Moraes will be stepping in to face Marlon Moraes on November 25th while the injured Shane Burgos will make his promotional debut in 2023.
A different UFC veteran than previously scheduled will be welcoming Marlon Moraes to the PFL on November 25th.
The promotion announced on Monday that Sheymon Moraes will be replacing the injured Shane Burgos against the former WSOF champion at the 2022 Championship event. Per a press release, Burgos will now make his debut in the 2023 regular season. The bout was previously set to be part of the pay-per-view portion of the event. After the change in opponents, the PFL announced that Moraes vs Moraes will take place on the prelims while the promotional debut of Aspen Ladd against Julia Budd will be moved to the pay-per-view.
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Sheymon Moraes (23-6) will be looking to close out his year on a high note. after falling to two-time season winner Lance Palmer in the regular season. A UFC veteran himself, Moraes competed in the Octagon from 2017 to 2019 where he posted a 2-3 record. Moraes was immediately signed to the PFL after being released from the UFC where he has been more active in competing six times in two years. Previously unscheduled to compete on the Championship card, Moraes steps in on roughly three weeks notice for the bout.
Marlon Moraes (23-10) enters the bout looking to snap a four fight skid. A former WSOF champion, “Magic” notably holds UFC victories over current champion Aljamain Sterling and former featherweight champion José Aldo. His current skid dates back to 2020 and while the losses are all to top ranked competition, Moraes nonetheless made the decision to retire after he was released from the UFC. Moraes will be returning to compete as a featherweight for the first time in his career for his upcoming bout.
The 2022 Championship event is scheduled to take place at the Hulu theater in Madison Square Garden and will feature the six tournament finals as well as several showcase bouts.