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Fabricio Werdum, Kayla Harrison book fights for PFL 3 featuring heavyweights and women’s lightweights

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Fabricio Werdum will try to make weight at the UFC 198 weigh-ins Friday afternoon.
Fabricio Werdum will try to make weight at the UFC 198 weigh-ins Friday afternoon.
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The PFL has announced the third card of the upcoming regular season on May 6, which will feature fighters from the heavyweight and women’s lightweight division.

The main event will see the debut of former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum after he inked a deal with the PFL after entering free agency in 2020.

Werdum is coming off a first-round submission win over multi-time title challenger Alexander Gustafsson in what was ultimately the final fight on his UFC deal. He’ll now enter the PFL season as the favorite to likely win the heavyweight division but he’ll have a long list of contenders trying to knock him off.

The first person with the opportunity to face Werdum will be Renan Ferreira, who comes to the PFL with a 6-2 record overall with his most recent fights coming in LFA. A member of Team Nogueira, Ferreira dispatched Jared Vanderaa in his last appearance in 2019 while building a 4-1 record over his past five fights.

In the co-main event, PFL champion Kayla Harrison will return to defend her crown in the women’s lightweight division as she faces promotional newcomer Mariana Morais.

Morais earned her contract through a Shooto Brazil event where she won two fights in one night and she’ll look to pull off the upset in her debut while going up against a two-time Olympic gold medalist in Harrison.

The upcoming PFL 3 card will also feature the promotional debuts of Mohammed Usman, who is brother to UFC champion Kamaru Usman, UFC veteran Cindy Dandois and former Elite XC fighter Kaitlin Young.

Here’s the full lineup for the PFL 3 card with the main card airing on ESPN2 and the prelims on ESPN+

MAIN CARD:

Fabricio Werdum vs. Renan Ferreira

Kayla Harrison vs. Mariana Morais

Ali Isaev vs. Hatef Moeil

Genah Fabian vs. Laura Sanchez

ESPN+ Card

Mohammed Usman vs Brandon Sayles

Denis Goltsov vs. Justin Willis

Larissa Pacheco vs. Julija Pajic

Ante Delija vs. Bruno Cappelozza

Cindy Dandois vs. Kaitlin Young

Olena Kolesnyk vs. Taylor Guardado