The Professional Fighters League returns to us tonight, June 17, 2022, for PFL 4, going down live from the Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, to showcase their lightweight and light-heavyweight divisions.
Headlining the event is a lightweight bout between UFC veteran Clay Collard and Alexander Martinez, both of which have gone 1-0 thus far into the 2022 season.
Then we had our preliminary main event, which came in the light-heavyweight division between another UFC veteran in Omari Akhmedov and Lithuanian talent Teodoras Aukstuolis.
Akhmedov, a former middleweight, and also a former welterweight believe it or not, has found his home in the PFL’s 205 lb division, going 1-0 thus far into the 2022 season with a first round KO victory over a fellow UFC vet in April.
Already with six points on the board, Akhmedov goes into this fight tonight in a very good spot.
Continue reading to see how this light-heavyweight bout went down:
Official Result: Omari Akhmedov def. Teodoras Aukstuolis via technical submission (arm-triangle choke) at 2:50 of round two
The first thing that stands out is the size difference between these two, Akhmedov is clearly not a natural light-heavyweight. But, he did just KO Viktor Pesta, who’s a former heavyweight, in his last fight.
The technique difference was also evident once things got going, Akhmedov’s boxing was much cleaner than that of the Lithuanian’s. He secured a takedown in the first round, and also stunned Aukstuolis a couple times as the round went on.
Aukstuolis is able to secure a takedown in the second, but it’s not long before the Russian reverses position and ends up on top. This is where he proceeds to jump to mount and sink in an arm-triangle choke, passing to side control as he began to squeeze.
Omari Akhmedov used to be a decision machine, he used to go the entire 15-minute distance quite often.
Well, he’s now finished his last three victories straight, and four of his last five bouts have ended before the judges decision. Congratulations to the Russian talent, who now has 11 points, leading the standings with Rob Wilkinson.
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