The Professional Fighters League kicks of the 2022 season tonight at Esports Stadium Arlington in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, April 20. MyMMANews.com has your PFL 1 results below.
In the lightweight main event, Clay Collard welcomes longtime UFC veteran Jeremy Stephens to the PFL SmartCage.
In last year’s season opener, Collard stunned the world by spoiling the debut of Anthony Pettis. This year, he looks to repeat history against Stephens, who came in at 156-pounds for his debut under the PFL banner. The 34-fight veteran has shared the cage with multiple world champions such as Charles Oliveira, Jose Aldo, Rafael dos Anjos, Max Holloway, Renan Barao, and Gilbert Melendez. He himself hopes to capture world championship gold with the PFL but will first need to get past Collard.
In the co-main event, 2021 PFL Lightweight Champion Raush “War Horse” Manfio faces Don “Magic Man” Madge.
PFL 1 results below:
Main Card (ESPN and ESPN+ at 9 p.m. ET)
lightweight – Clay Collard defeated Jeremy Stephens via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
lightweight – Raush Manfio defeated Don Madge via KO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:42
light heavyweight – Antonio Carlos Junior defeated Delan Monte via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 0:29
lightweight – Olivier Aubin-Mercier defeated Natan Schulte via split decision (29-28, 28-29-28, 29-28)
Preliminary Card (ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET)
light heavyweight – Cory Hendricks defeated Emiliano Sordi via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:13
lightweight – Alexander Martinez defeated Stevie Ray via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
light heavyweight – Marthin Hamlet defeated Teodoras Aukstuolis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
light heavyweight – Omari Akhmedov defeated Viktor Pesta via KO (punch) – Round 1, 1:25
light heavyweight – Rob Wilkinson defeated Bruce Souto via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 0:46
light heavyweight – Simeon Powell defeated Clinton Williams via KO (knee) – Round 3, 4:38
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