Long Island’s PFL 5 gains new lightweight main event following fighter drop off
Professional Fighters League‘s second leg of a two-stop stint on Long Island has a new main event. Originally scheduled to face off against Brian Foster, Brazil’s Natan Schulte (12-3, 1-0 PFL) will now take on a different UFC veteran in Jason High (21-7, 0-1 PFL).
Sunday morning, multiple sources confirmed the news to MMA Today. It is unknown at this time as to why the promotion removed Foster from competition. MMA Today also reached out PFL, which confirmed the new main event. At the time, PFL did not have a comment as to why Foster was not competing.
As a heavy underdog in his PFL debut last month, Schulte dominated UFC veteran Chris Wade, winning the bout via three-round decision. A relative unknown entering the tournament, Schulte is now a dark horse to win it all. “Russo” has only lost once dating back to 2012.
The same night Schulte celebrated the biggest victory of his professional career, Kansas City’s Jason High lived out a contrary experience. The 36-year-old took on fellow UFC veteran Efrain Escudero on the PFL 2 main card.
As Escudero worked to lock in a guillotine early in the third round, referee Josh Stewart inexplicably called a stop to the contest. The replay showed that High did not go unconscious nor did he tap. Furious, High stormed out of the cage prior to the decision reading, knocking over chairs on his way to the locker room.
Thursday night is a pivotal one for both men. Schulte will look to secure his place at the top of the lightweight standings, while High will need to win in order to see the postseason.
PFL 5 takes place Thursday, August 2nd at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, New York. The card airs on NBCSN starting at 9pmET with the preliminary card airing on Facebook. Stay tuned to MMA Today for all of the latest news, updates, and announcements regarding PFL!