Friday, May 20, 2022

2022 PFL 1 Highlights: Collard Defeats Stephens In Absolute War

The 2022 season of the Professional Fighters League kicked off live tonight on ESPN, and MMA News has you covered with the results and highlights!

It was the light heavyweights and lightweights on display in tonight’s season premiere. In the main event, former UFC veteran Jeremy Stephens made his PFL debut against Clay Collard. In last year’s season premiere, Collard spoiled the PFL debut of Anthony Pettis with a unanimous decision victory. Did he do the same to another former UFC standout tonight?

In the co-main event, last year’s lightweight season winner Raush Manfio (15-3) took on Don Madge (10-3).

The featured light heavyweight bout consisted of another ex-UFC veteran, Antonio Carlos Junior (13-5) taking on Delan Monte (8-1).

Keep reading for the answers to all these questions via the highlights from tonight’s main card followed by the quick results!

Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Natan Schulte

Antonio Carlos Junior def. Delan Monte

Raush Manfio def. Don Madge

Clay Collard def. Jeremy Stephens

2022 PFL 1 Main Card (ESPN/ESPN+, 9:00 PM ET)

  • Lightweight: Clay Collard def. Jeremy Stephens via unanimous decision (30x27x3)
  • Lightweight: Raush Manfio def. Don Madge via KO (strikes)ย 
  • Light Heavyweight: Antonio Carlos Junior def. Delan Monte via submission (Dโ€™Arce choke)
  • Lightweight: Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Natan Schulte via split decision (29-28, 28-29-28, 29-28)

2022 PFL 1 Preliminary Card (ESPN+, 6:00 PM ET)

  • Light Heavyweight: Emiliano Sordi vs. Corey HendrCory Hendricks def. Emiliano Sordi via TKO (strikes): R2, 2:13
  • Lightweight: Alexander Martinez def. Stevie Ray via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Light Heavyweight: Marthin Hamlet def. Teodoras Aukstuolis via unanimous decision (30-27×3)
  • Light Heavyweight: Omari Akhmedov def. Viktor Pesta via KO (punch): R1, 1:25
  • Light Heavyweight: Rob Wilkinson def. Bruce Souto via TKO (strikes): R2, 0:46
  • Light Heavyweight Showcase: Simeon Powell def. Clinton Williams via KO (knee): R3, 4:38

To learn more about the Professional Fighters League and their unique regular-season scoring system, you can visit their About page here.

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