Heavyweight Willis Signs With The PFL
Former UFC fighter Justin Willis appears to have found a new home. According to MMAJunkie, Willis has signed a deal with the Professional Fighters league. The 32-year-old is expected to make his debut with the company when season three starts later this year.
Willis (8-2) was on a four-fight win streak in the UFC before losing to Curtis Blaydes back in March via unanimous decision. Even with impressive wins over Mark Hunt and Chase Sherman, Willis was let go by the UFC. According to TSN, Willis turned down a bout against Walt Harris July of that year. The California native was unsure he would make the 266-pound limit by that time.
The American Kickboxing Academy member also went on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show back in June to talk about his release, stating he only had one fight in mind. He also stated the various factors that was deemed a “miscommunication”, resulting in his release.
“What happened was, I only wanted one fight,” Willis said, via LowKickMMA.” And that fight was Tai Tuivasa. That’s one reason. Two reason is, I wanted to get my weight under control. I wanted to come in a lot more fitter, a lot more quicker, a lot more everything. That’s number two.
“Number three, is, I wanted a chance to actually go through a camp with “DC” [Daniel Cormier]. He fights August 14. So, my date that they gave me, originally – hey, it’s not about the guys necessarily, it’s about more so of the dates.”
“Big Pretty” originally competed for the PFL when it was called World Series of Fighting. He beat Julian Coutinho via TKO at WSOF 31 in 2016.