Justin Willis is no longer on the UFC roster after the promotion recently released the heavyweight prospect, sources told ESPN. TSN first reported the news. According to sources, the UFC decided to part ways with Willis, 31, after the two sides could not agree on a date for his next fight. Willis (8-2) recently signed a new contract with the UFC and had three fights left on it. He lost to Curtis Blaydes via unanimous decision in March.
PFL has some changes on their card Thursday: Alexandre Almeida did not make weight and is out; Alexandre Bezerra didn't make weight and is out; Jeremy Kennedy will now face Luis Laurentino on the ESPN 2; Ronys Torres failed his medical exam and is out; Ramsey Nijem gets a walk over, earning three points.
Quick update on Paige VanZant. She resumed sparring this weekend, for the first time in months. The arm injury that's given her issues this last year is responding well. She's close to talking to UFC about a return fight. Mid-August is a reasonable expectation.