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Curtis Millender steps in for David Michaud to fight Rory MacDonald at April 29 PFL event

Curtis Millender
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Rory MacDonald has a new opponent for his PFL debut.

Following the news that MacDonald’s originally scheduled opponent David Michaud has been forced to withdraw after being diagnosed with a congenital heart condition, MMA Fighting confirmed with league officials that MacDonald (21-6-1) will now face UFC and Bellator veteran Curtis Millender (18-6).

The change was first reported by MMA Junkie.

MacDonald recently signed with the PFL following a 3-2 run with Bellator. He won the promotion’s welterweight title and successfully defended it twice before dropping it back to Douglas Lima in their rematch in October 2019. The UFC veteran also attempted to claim Bellator’s middleweight title, but was defeated by Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 206.

Millender makes his PFL debut after competing twice for Bellator last year. He has lost three of his past four fights, including a unanimous decision loss to Sabah Homasi in August. Millender has also competed for the UFC and the LFA.

Officials also confirmed a change for the April 23 PFL season premiere event. Unbeaten featherweight Movlid Khaybulaev (15-0-1, 1 NC) has a new opponent following the withdrawal of Jason Soares. Khaybulaev now faces PFL newcomer Lazar Stojadinovic (14-7). Stojadinovic is perhaps best known for his 2017 appearance on Dana White’s Contender Series, where he lost by KO to Thanh Le.

The reason for Soares’ withdrawal was not disclosed.

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