The Professional Fighters League makes its return this Friday after taking all of 2020 off. PFL 1: 2021 Regular Season features the start of the season for both the featherweight and lightweight divisions. Headlining the card is a lightweight bout between former Ultimate Fighting Championship champion Anthony Pettis against Clay Collard, with the latter returning to mixed martial arts after a memorable foray into boxing. One fighter did miss weight: Mikhail Odintsov, who is now unable to earn playoff points if he wins on Saturday.This is the first fight for Pettis (24-10) outside of the UFC. He exits the organization on a two-fight win streak, having picked up decision wins over Alex Morono and Donald Cerrone. “Showtime” will look to add another highlight to his already impressive resume, and grow his legacy inside the PFL. The 34-year-old officially stepped on the scales at 156 pounds.
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After having its 2020 season effectively scrapped due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the Professional Fighters League (PFL) is back. All the action begins with the first PFL event of the 2021 season on April 23, featuring two of the promotion’s biggest acquisitions — former UFC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis and fellow UFC vet Clay Collard — in the main event.
Pettis won the UFC’s 155-pound title by submitting Benson Henderson, the same man he defeated to become the final WEC champion, at UFC 164. Pettis retained the title against Gilbert Melendez at UFC 181 but dropped the title to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185.
Pettis’ UFC tenure ended by winning six of his last 11 fights. Among the notable bouts in that span include an upset victory over Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson (in which he became the first to KO Thompson), a decision loss to Nate Diaz in Diaz’s first fight in three years and ending his run with back-to-back wins over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Alex Morono.
Collard’s UFC tenure began in 2014 with a loss to Max Holloway. He’d defeat Alex White at UFC 181 but parted ways with the promotion after decision losses to Gabriel Benitez and Tiago Trator. After over two years away from MMA, Collard competed in SteelFist Fight Night and Final Fight Championship in 2018 and 2019, winning four of five, with the only losses in that span coming to current UFC fighter Darrick Minner.
Collard, however, began to focus more on boxing in 2019. Currently holding a 9-4-3 record in that sport, Collard received attention for fighting often in 2020, scoring decisions over Quashawn Toler and David Kaminsky, as well as finishes of Raymond Guajardo, Lorawnt T. Nelson and Maurice Williams. Collard’s last fight of 2020 and only boxing match of 2021 ended in decision losses to, respectively, Quincy LaVallais and Maidel Sando.
Who will win at PFL 1: Anthony Pettis or Clay Collard?
Collard will have an inch in height over Pettis, as well as half-an-inch in reach. Of course, Pettis will have the experience edge by far.
It will be interesting to see how Collard has done in making the transition back to the cage — more so, the big MMA spotlight. Collard may have certainly worked on his ground game, but he is, and always has been, a much better striker. He’ll need to pick his moments against Pettis, but once he does, it’s those moments where he needs to unleash his hands.
Similarly, Pettis has slick submission skills and can hold his own on the ground, but he’s definitely better known for his strikes, especially his kicks. For Pettis, he needs to keep his distance to be able to land those big kicks and significant strikes, he needs to use outpace and out-control Collard in the fight and he needs to be quicker than Collard to avoid the boxer’s attacks.
As long as Pettis uses his experience to his advantage, this should be a solid 3+ points for him to kick off the 2021 PFL season.
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The fight can be viewed as live streaming from Facebook. If the Facebook committee has approved, it. There may be someone who wants to share the fight live on Facebook.
Twitter is also a social media platform to try out for the live boxing bout. There should be someone who is a microblogging and sharing their feed. Those who are following the fight will talk about it and eventually share it with everyone.
Reddit has been proven to be an effective way to share the most major sports events around the world. The fight will be shared as well. The Reddit community will have many options to watch the live stream.
Instagram is a photo-sharing app. It is very strict in its approach and does not allow links to be posted. Even if you post links they won’t be clickable which means you have to manually copy and paste them into the browser.
Prediction: Pettis via unanimous decision
PFL 1: 2021 Regular Season Weigh-in Results:
Anthony Pettis (156) vs. Clay Collard (154.6)
Natan Schulte (156) vs. Marcin Held (155.8)
Movlid Khaybulaev (145.4) vs. Lazar Stojadinovic (145.8)
Lance Palmer (145.4) vs. Bubba Jenkins (146)
Brendan Loughnane (146) vs. Sheymon Moraes (146)
Joilton Lutterbach (155.8) vs. Raush Manfio (156)
Akhmed Aliev (155.2) vs. Mikhail Odintsov (156.4)*
Chris Wade (146) vs. Anthony Dizy (145.6)
Sung Bin Jo (145.6) vs. Tyler Diamond (145.8)
Loik Radzhabov (155.4) vs. Alex Martinez (156)
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