The PFL’s heavyweight and featherweight classes are set to get underway in the second round of bouts in the promotion’s 2022 season.
Headlining PFL 2022, Round 2 on April 28 is a heavyweight clash featuring the 2021 champion Bruno Cappelozza. The 14-5 Brazilian will take on England’s former BAMMA and EMC heavyweight champion Stuart Austin, who will look to make a huge statement by defeating the reigning champion on his promotional debut.
Also set to play a starring role is another Englishman, featherweight contender Brendan Loughnane. The Mancunian made it all the way to the semi-finals last year before being edged out via split decision by eventual champion Movlid Khaybulaev.
But, with the Russian ruled out of this season, Loughnane (21-4) will be looking to stamp his authority on the division with a dominant performance against Japanese newcomer Ryoji Kudo, a former Shooto featherweight title challenger who enters the PFL’s 2022 season with a 10-2-1 record.
Also set for action is Croatian heavyweight contender and last year’s runner up Ante Delija, who will look to make a flying start to the new season with victory over Brazil’s Matheus Scheffel, while six-foot-eight Brazilian Renan Ferreira and America’s Jamelle Jones will face off looking for a big win to kick-start their respective campaigns.
“With three current or former Professional Fighters League World Champions on the PFL 2 card on April 28, fans around the world are in for a major night of action,” said PFL CEO Peter Murray.
“We look forward to continuing to disrupt the sport with the best action in MMA as the Heavyweight and Featherweight fighters begin their seasons with the PFL World Championship and the $1 million purse in their sights.”
“On April 28, MMA fans can expect an action-packed night of fights,” said PFL President of Fighter Operations, Ray Sefo.
“I cannot wait to see the former world champions on this card battle it out against a group of elite fighters looking to make their mark in the sport”
The 2022 PFL season will begin April 20, with subsequent regular season events taking place on April 28, May 6, June 17, June 24, and July 1.
PFL 2022, Round 2: Fight Card
- Bruno Cappelozza vs. Stuart Austin
- Brendan Loughnane vs. Ryoji Kudo
- Ante Delija vs. Matheus Scheffel
- Renan Ferreira vs. Jamelle Jones
- Lance Palmer vs. Chris Wade
- Bubba Jenkins vs. Jo Sungbin
- Denis Goltsov vs. Sam Kei
- Ali Isaev vs. Klidson Abreu
- Sheymon Moraes vs. Boston Salmon
- Alejandro Flores vs. Saba Bolaghi