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UFC veteran Klidson Abreu joins PFL heavyweight roster

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Klidson Abreu returns to the heavyweight division under the PFL banner.
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Professional Fighters League has added two heavyweights to its roster ahead of its June 25 card in Atlantic City.

Multiple sources told MMA Fighting that UFC veteran Klidson Abreu and NCAA Division 1 All-American Odie Delaney have joined the company and will make their promotional debuts later this month against yet-to-be-defined opponents.

Abreu (15-4, 1 no contest) is a former Brave CF light heavyweight champion who signed with the UFC in 2019 after scoring six straight finishes, but was only victorious once in four octagon appearances, a win over Sam Alvey sandwiched between losses to Magomed Ankalaev and Shamil Gamzatov.

The Brazilian parted ways with the UFC after a stoppage defeat to Jamahal Hill, which was later overturned to no-contest due to Hill’s positive test for marijuana. The 28-year-old fought as a 205-pounder throughout most of his MMA career, but returns to heavyweight for a spot in the 2021 season of the PFL.

Delaney, 31, made the transition from wrestling to MMA in 2019, winning a couple of amateur bouts via first-round submission before turning pro later that year. The American Top Team heavyweight competed twice more in 2019, going 2-0 with a pair of finishes.

The 2021 season of the PFL started for heavyweights in May 6, with Bruno Cappelozza, Denis Goltsov and Brandon Sayles scoring extra points for quick finishes. Renan Ferreira and Fabricio Werdum are currently tied with one point each after Ferreira’s first-round knockout win was overturned to a no-decision.