Shane Burgos is out and Sheymon Moaes will now meet Marlon Moraes at the PFL Championship event


Marlon Moaes will continue to compete in the PFL’s major event this month.

Promotional officials revealed on Monday evening that the former WSOF champion and one-time UFC title challenger will face Sheymon Moraes at the PFL Championship on Nov. 25, which takes place at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. The change of opponent was due to an undisclosed injury to Shane Burgos.

The 145-pound battle will be held on the preliminary card. It will air on ESPN+.

The 34-year-old Moraes had announced his retirement from the sport following a first-round knockout loss to Song Yadong at UFC Vegas 50 in March — his fourth straight defeat — before changing his mind and signing with the PFL to compete as a featherweight. After earning a bantamweight title shot against Henry Cejudo at UFC 238 in June 2019, “Magic” went 1-5 with five stoppage losses, with the lone win coming via split decision to Jose Aldo at UFC 245 in December 2019.

Moraes, 32, competed in the 2022 featherweight season and went 1-1, which wasn’t enough to earn him a spot in the playoffs. Before his June loss to Lance Palmer, Moraes won three consecutive titles, finishing ahead of Jesse Stirn in 2021. and Lazar Stojadinovic.

The PFL Championships event will be headlined by the lightweight season finale bout between Kayla Harrison and Larissa Pacheco. The event’s main card will stream on ESPN+ PPV, although the price has yet to be announced.