The Professional Fighters League made their return to action Friday night, after sitting out all of 2020. Making a splash right out of the gate, PFL 1 for the league’s third season featured one of their biggest free agent signings: Anthony Pettis.
Pettis would make his debut opposite another former UFC alum and league newcomer, Clay Collard. The pair topped Friday’s card, which was comprised entirely of featherweight and lightweight action. In addition to Pettis, 2019 champs Lance Palmer (featherweight) and Natan Schulte (lightweight) were in action as well, against newcomers Bubba Jenkins and Marcin Held, respectively. Contender Series alum Brendan Loughnane, after winning both his non-tournament PFL fights last year, entered the season format for the first time, taking on former UFC fighter Sheymon Moraes at featherweight.
The action kicks off at 5:30PM ET, airing on ESPN2 and ESPN+ for U.S. viewers. In Canada, the main card can be found on TSN starting at 9PM ET.
PFL 1: Pettis vs. Collard Results
Lightweight: Clay Collard def. Anthony Pettis by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)
Lightweight: Marcin Held def. Natan Schulte by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Featherweight: Movlid Khaibulaev def. Lazar Stojadinovic by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Featherweight: Bubba Jenkins def. Lance Palmer by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Featherweight: Brendan Loughnane def. Sheymon Moraes by KO, Round 1, 2:55
Lightweight: Raush Manfio def. Joilton Lutterbach by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Lightweight: Akhmed Aliev def. Mikhail Odintsov by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Featherweight: Chris Wade def. Anthony Dizy by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Featherweight: Tyler Diamond def. Jo Sungbin by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight: Alexander Martinez def. Loik Radzhabov by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)