The PFL made their return to action on Friday with this year’s PFL 1 card — and it turned out to be a night full of upsets.
Two established champions — two time champs — were defeated in Lance Palmer and Natan Schulte. While they can still make the post-season, it will be that much harder, after Bubba Jenkins and Marcin Held, respectively, earned unanimous decision wins over the duo. Jenkins out-wrestled his old NCAA foe, while Held surprised everyone by beating Schulte on the feet.
Then, in the pain event, Clay Collard’s boxing was just too much for Anthony Smith, one of the biggest signings the PFL has made to date. Pettis survived a dangerous knockdown, a near finish, but in the end, they went the distance.
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)