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The stage has been set for Rory MacDonald’s long-awaited Professional Fighters League debut.
The former Bellator welterweight champion tipped the scales at 170.6 pounds for his headlining matchup with Curtis Millender at PFL 2. Millender, who is also making his promotional debut, checked in at 171 pounds.
The PFL’s second regular season event takes place at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., on Thursday and will feature welterweights and light heavyweights. The evening’s main card airs on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, while prelims stream on ESPN+ beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT.
Not everything went as smooth during weigh-ins on Wednesday. Vinny Magalhaes was ruled medically unable to compete, and as a result, Askar Mozharov (205) has stepped in to face Jordan Young (205.8) in a preliminary light heavyweight bout.
MacDonald enters the PFL on the heels of a 3-2-1 stint with Bellator. He captured the promotion’s 170-pound belt with a five-round verdict over Douglas Lima at Bellator 192 but failed in a bid to become a two-division champion when he fell to middleweight king Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 206. “The Red King” then made it to the finals of the Bellator welterweight grand prix before relinquishing the title to Lima in a rematch in October 2019. Prior to that he was a top contender at 170 pounds in the UFC, falling to Robbie Lawler in a memorable title clash in July 2015.
Millender has lost three of his last four professional outings heading into his first PFL foray. Most recently, he dropped a unanimous verdict against Sabah Homasi at Bellator 243 last August. The 33-year-old CSW member enjoyed his greatest success from 2016 to 2018, when he authored a nine-bout winning streak that included victories over Thiago Alves, Max Griffin and Siyar Bahadurzada in the UFC.
PFL 2 Regular Season Weigh-in Results:Rory MacDonald (170.6) vs. Curtis Millender (171)
Ray Cooper III (170.8) vs. Jason Ponet (170.1)
Gleison Tibau (170.4) vs. Joao Zeferino (171)
Emiliano Sordi (205.6) vs. Chris Camozzi (204)
Antonio Carlos Jr. (205.4) vs. Tom Lawlor (202.8)
Askar Mozharov (205) vs. Jordan Young (205.8)
Cezar Ferreira (205.4) vs. Nick Roehrick (205.4)
Sadibou Sy (170.8) vs. Nikolay Aleksakhin (170.8)
Dan Spohn (205.4) vs. Marthin Hamlet (205.8)