After a four-fight run in RIZIN, Johnny Case (27-7-1) will return to the Professional Fighters League for their 2020 season.
First reported by Ariel Helwani of ESPN, news broke on Tuesday that Case would join the lightweight division of the PFL for it’s 2020 season.
Case fought once in PFL back in 2018, going to a two-minute draw against Natan Schulte in the quarter-finals. He was meant to face Jason High in the regular season, however, did not fight as High missed the lightweight limit by four pounds.
The most recent fight for Case was at RIZIN 20 on New Year’s Eve, losing to Tofiq Musayev (18-3) in the semi-finals of the RIZIN Lightweight Grand Prix, being stopped with punches in the first round.
Case debuted in RIZIN on New Year’s Eve 2018, defeating Yusuke Yachi due to a cut. He went on to stop Satoru Kitaoka and Roberto Satoshi de Souza in 2019. He finished his RIZIN run with a 3-1 record.
Earlier in his career, Case also competed in the UFC. He finished his major-league run with a 4-2 record, with his two losses being the final two fights of the stint.
Natan Schulte won the lightweight playoffs for the second time on New Year’s Eve, defeating Loik Radzhabov via decision.