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2018 PFL heavyweight champ Philipe Lins unable to defend due to injury

The PFL confirmed today that 2018 heavyweight champion Philipe Lins has been replaced by Zeke Tuinei-Wily for the 2019 season.

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Lins (11-3-0) was on a four fight win streak but will unfortunately watch as a spectator as Season 2 unfolds.

Wily (3-1-0) is scheduled to compete at the PFL 3 June 6 event at the Nassau Veteran Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York against Olympic Judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii (20-8-1).

PFL 3 will be broadcast on ESPN 2 and ESPN Deportes and live-streamed on ESPN+.

The PFL 2019 Season features six weight classes, including the first-ever 155-pound women’s division, with each fighter having two fights during the PFL Regular Season in May, June, July, and August.  The top eight fighters in each weight class advance to the single-elimination PFL Playoffs in October, where fighters must fight twice and win twice in the same night to advance to the finals. The PFL Championship is New Year’s Eve with the winners of each title bout being crowned PFL world champion of their respective weight class and earning $1 million USD. Viewers will receive statistics through the PFL’s proprietary SmartCage platform and Cagenomics technology.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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