UFC veteran Antonio Carlos Junior is the hottest to signal on to the PFL roster for its Season 3 event.
Junior, the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 heavyweight event, will action in for Jordan Johnson to battle fellow octagon vet Tom Lawlor at a PFL occasion scheduled for April 29. Johnson was pressured to withdraw from the party for unknown reasons.
Junior joins a industry of 9 opponents battling it out for a shot at the title and a $1 million match prize. His signing was confirmed to MMA Combating by his manager, Ali Abdelaziz.
Junior was amongst numerous cuts to the UFC roster designed this past thirty day period. A a few-struggle skid, such as a selection reduction to veteran Brad Tavares at UFC 257, preceded his pink slip.
In a former job interview with MMA Battling, Junior explained he was “relieved” to be transferring on from the UFC, citing more latitude with contract negotiations and sponsorships. The 30-yr-previous Brazilian was with the advertising for 7 decades and acquired 7-5 history with a person no-contest. In his time in the octagon, he picked up wins more than vets Marvin Vettori and Tim Boetsch.
“In organization, we have to be pleased with what we have, and I felt for some time that they weren’t pleased,” Junior claimed of his exit. “I think the UFC wants a sort of fighter that is not who I am. I’m not the sort of person that talks also considerably, so I felt they were not happy, and that tends to make me unsatisfied, much too. Other sites could have what fits better with who I am.”
The present-day industry in Junior’s PFL division consists of Chris Camozzi, Cezar Ferreira, Marthin Hamlet, Jordan Johnson, Tom Lawlor, Smealinho Rama, Dan Spohn and Jordan Youthful. Year 2 event winner and champion Emliano Sordi will return to defend his belt, as MMA Preventing previously documented.