The Professional Fighters League, or better known as PFL, returns for the first time in over a year tonight, April 23, for PFL 1 – 2021. Tonight’s event showcases their featherweight and lightweight divisions, with returning champions Natan Schulte and Lance Palmer fighting on the main card.
Headlining tonight’s event will be former WEC & UFC lightweight champion Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis, who faces fellow UFC veteran and former professional boxer Clay Collard in the main event of the evening.
In the second bout of the main card, undefeated Russian talent, and Khabib Nurmagomedov protégé, Movlid Khaybulaev faced off with PFL newcomer Lazar Stojadinovic of Serbia.
Khaybulaev is a proven 15-0-1 assassin, while Stojadinovic is 14-7, but comes in having won ten of his last 12.
Continue reading to see how this featherweight bout went down:
Official Result: Movlid Khaybulaev def. Lazar Stojadinovic via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Stojadinovic comes out the more active party in round one, as he tries to get his straight punches and leg kicks going.
Khaybulaev secures a takedown about 90 seconds in and secures half guard immediately once hitting the mat. He remained on top for the rest of the round, and starting landing some vicious ground-and-pound in the last minute.
Khaybulaev comes out hot and secures another takedown just five seconds into round two.
The remainder of the round was spent with Khaybulaev on top of Stojadinovic absolutely mauling him.
Stojadinovic attempted to get up toward the middle of the round, giving up his back and ending up in bottom turtle position, only to be put right back where he was, on his back.
Khaybulaev doesn’t shoot a takedown at the start of round three.
Instead, he tries to set up that one big strike, but ends up shooting on another double leg. He ends the round strong, pounding away at Stojadinovic for a dominant victory to start the 2021 PFL season.
I became a fan of combat sports when I was 12 years old. I was scrolling through the channels and landed upon versus, where WEC was televised. Urijah Faber fought Jens Pulver for the second time that night. That’s the first fight I saw, and the fight that got me hooked on the sport. Since then, the sport has grown so rapidly, and my goal is to enlighten everyone on what’s going on in the sport today.