Former PFL Champion Lins To Make UFC Debut In May
After spending all of 2019 nursing an injury, Philipe Lins is back, just not with the Professional Fighters League. The 2018 PFL Heavyweight Tournament winner will be making his UFC debut on May 2 at UFC Oklahoma City . His opponent? The extremely durable Andrei Arlovski.
The Oklahoman announced the news earlier today.
A veteran of Bellator MMA, Lins (14-3) participated in the PFL’s first season in 2018. He went 4-0 with the promotion, beating Alex Nicholson, Caio Alencar, Jared Rosholt and Josh Copeland. The fight against Copeland secured the PFL Heavyweight Title and $1 million. Lins was supposed to compete in season two this past year but had to back out due to an injury. He has since been let go from the promotion.
In his fourth fight since the start of 2019, Arlovski (28-19, 2NC) is coming off of a loss against Jairzinho Rozenstruik via KO back in November at UFC 244. The former UFC Heavyweight Champion is 1-4 in six fights with one no-contest. At 41, “the Pitbull” has competed in the octagon since 2000, with stints in-between with ONE, Strikeforce and the World Series of Fighting.
UFC Oklahoma City takes place inside the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The main event is a middleweight bout between Jack Hermansson and the returning Chris Weidman.