O’Brien Released from UFC; Headed to PFC


Jake O’Brien weighs-in for UFC 65: Bad Intentions. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Just over a month since losing his first professional fight to former champion Andrei Arlovski, promising heavyweight prospect Jake O’Brien has apparently been released from the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

O’Brien’s manager, Ken Pavia, confirmed his client’s release from the promotion with our friends at MMA Junkie.

O’Brien, a former standout wrestler at Purdue University, won three out of his four bouts with the organization, including an upset over current title contender Heath Herring at UFC Fight Night 8 in January 2007.

He now appears to be headed to the California-based Palace Fighting Championship, which sports a slew of former UFC veterans. Although nothing is official as of yet, O’Brien has agreed in principle to a deal and is expected to sign a contract in the coming days, which will have him make his PFC debut in July.

“Getting Jake was a great opportunity for us,” PFC President Christian Printup said in the report. “We get to work with one of the most promising young athletes today. We’ve had the pleasure of working with him in the past. He’s very personable and talented, and he’s good for the sport.”

Printup and company announced details for their next upcoming event on May 8th over the weekend. The event will feature four championship fights. Diego Saraiva will defend his PFC lightweight belt against Brian Cobb in the main event.

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