2021 PFL season winner Raush Manfio announces release from promotion

Raush Manfio‘s journey in the PFL has reached its conclusion.

Manfio, who emerged victorious in the PFL’s 2021 lightweight season, announced on Monday that he is no longer associated with the organization and is now a free agent. The Brazilian fighter expressed his desire to continue his career in the sport and is actively searching for a new promotion to call home.

“What’s up guys! I wanted to share some news with you all: I am no longer part of the PFL,” Manfio wrote on Instagram. “We had some amazing years together, but now it’s time for something new. I am genuinely grateful for every friend I made during my time there! So, what’s next? Where would you like to see me fight??? Share your thoughts in the comments! I have been working with @suckerpunchent for the past 4 years, and he’s already working on getting me the fight of the year! The WAR HORSE spirit lives on! I can’t contain my excitement to find out what the future holds!”

Manfio’s (17-5) final appearance in the PFL octagon was surrounded by controversy.

In June, the American Top Team product faced his friend and teammate Natan Schulte in their second regular season matchup. Manfio suffered a disappointing and unusual unanimous decision loss against Schulte.

Schulte advanced to the four-man playoffs, but the promotion later controversially removed him for not displaying his “best effort” against his friend. Former UFC fighter Shane Burgos took Schulte’s place in the playoffs.

Manfio was named MMA Junkie’s 2021 Newcomer of the Year after his impressive breakout performance in his debut season with the PFL. As an alternate in the PFL lightweight season, Manfio secured four consecutive victories, including upsets against Anthony Pettis and Clay Collard, ultimately winning the 2021 PFL lightweight season and earning $1 million.

This story originally appeared on MMA Junkie.


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