Report – Anthony Pettis Draws Clay Collard In PFL Debut On April 23

PettisFormer WEC and UFC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis has his welcoming party nailed down for his promotional debut under the PFL (Professional Fighters League) banner on April 23. Headlining the event, Pettis draws fellow former UFC feature, professional boxer, Clay Collard in his first outing to boot — as the pair open up the 2021 […]

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Former WEC and UFC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis has his welcoming party nailed down for his promotional debut under the PFL (Professional Fighters League) banner on April 23.

Headlining the event, Pettis draws fellow former UFC feature, professional boxer, Clay Collard in his first outing to boot — as the pair open up the 2021 lightweight tournament. 

Also featured on the card is former two-time PFL 155-pound titleholder, Natan Schulte who clashes with former UFC, Bellator, and ACA grappling talent, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Marcin Held in a co-main event slot. 

Opening the event’s four-fight main card as the PFL return to a schedule for the first time since December 2019 amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, featherweight kingpin, Lance Palmer clashes with another promotional newcomer, former Brave CF titleholder, Bubba Jenkins. 

Recent Dana White’s Contender Series alum, Manchester standout, Brendan Loughnane also makes his return, hoping to make it six wins on the trot as he opens the event against former UFC featherweight contender, Sheymon Moraes. Another former Octagon talent also lands on the card as Canada’s, Olivier Aubin-Mercier clashes with Joliton Lutterbach on the ESPN+ portion of the event. (H/T MMA Fighting)

Inking terms with the promotion following a nine-year stay under the UFC’s bannerPettis, Milwaukee favourite, Pettis tested free-agency after his unanimous decision victory over the Alex Morono in December last at UFC Vegas 17.

Pettis joins a list of hugely-recognisable acquisitions for the promotion recently, linking up with the likes of former UFC heavyweight champion, Fabricio Werdum, as well as Olympic gold medalist and boxing world champion, Claressa Shields. 

A former UFC lightweight titleholder, Pettis submitted fellow grappling ace, Benson Henderson at UFC 164 in August of 2013 to claim the throne, before knocking back former Strikeforce gold holder, Gilbert Melendez with a second round guillotine at UFC 181 in December of 2014 in his sole successful title defence.

Making his return to mixed martial arts for the first time since April of 2019, three-fight UFC veteran, Collard returned his hand to professional boxing in May of that year — establishing a commendable 9-3-3 professional résumé since then. 

18-8(1) as a professional mixed martial artist, Collard is currently riding a two-fight winning run, dropping his UFC debut to former featherweight kingpin, common-foe, Max Holloway back in August of 2014. In his sole promotional win, Collard took a judging victory over Alex White before decision losses to both Gabriel Benitez and Tiago Trator. 

PFL Reveals 2021 Heavyweight and Women’s Lightweight Rosters

The Professional Fighters League (PFL) has revealed the heavyweight women’s lightweight rosters for the upcoming 2021 season. The PFL’s 2021 season will kick off on April 23 on ESPN Platforms (ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN+) in primetime, and now the pro…

The Professional Fighters League (PFL) has revealed the heavyweight women’s lightweight rosters for the upcoming 2021 season. The PFL’s 2021 season will kick off on April 23 on ESPN Platforms (ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN+) in primetime, and now the promotion has revealed the rosters for the heavyweight and women’s lightweight divisions. Some notable names […]

PFL Announces Welterweight & Light Heavyweight Roster for 2021 Season

The Professional Fighters League (PFL) has announced the welterweight and light heavyweight rosters for the upcoming 2021 season. The PFL will return to ESPN platforms (ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN+) on April 23, and the welterweights and light heavywei…

The Professional Fighters League (PFL) has announced the welterweight and light heavyweight rosters for the upcoming 2021 season. The PFL will return to ESPN platforms (ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN+) on April 23, and the welterweights and light heavyweights will be featured on the April 29 broadcast. The promotion announced the rosters for both divisions […]

Claressa Shields Opens Up On Brief Negotiations With The UFC

ShieldsPenning a multi-fight deal with the PFL (Professional Fighters League) recently ahead of her long speculated foray into the world of mixed martial arts, decorated professional boxer, Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields has revealed she had held some negotiations with the UFC about possibly joining the roster last year. Shields, a native of Flint, Michigan is a […]

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Penning a multi-fight deal with the PFL (Professional Fighters League) recently ahead of her long speculated foray into the world of mixed martial arts, decorated professional boxer, Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields has revealed she had held some negotiations with the UFC about possibly joining the roster last year.

Shields, a native of Flint, Michigan is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in boxing and a multiple-time boxing world champion, establishing an undefeated 10-0 professional résumé. 

The first of multiple high-profile signings for the Ray Sefo founded banner toward the end of this year, Shields penned a multi-fight deal with the outfit ahead of the acquisition of former UFC heavyweight champion and decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu player, Fabricio ‘Vai Cavalo’ Werdum, and former UFC and WEC lightweight best, Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis. 

Set to continue her boxing career as well as prepare and compete in mixed martial arts, Shields, who had been continuously linked to both a boxing and mixed martial arts outing against two-weight UFC world champion, Amanda ‘The Lioness’ Nunes, revealed the UFC had come knocking, briefly last year offering her an almost ‘one-and-done’ type deal against a high-level competitor.

It was just the conversation,” Shields said during a recent interview with MMA Junkie. “It was like, ‘Hey, come and train for a few months and then fight against the best girl that we have at your weight.’ I think that’s unfair to me and it’s not giving me enough time to train. If you’re talking about letting me train for two years and then I’ll fight against the best girl you have. All right, cool. But the conversation with Dana (White) was almost like a one-fight deal a little bit.

Shields continued where she noted her willingness to sign with the PFL due to their longterm plan for her, which allowed her to continue her boxing career as soon as February coming, as part of a three-year deal in which she’ll compete in the promotion’s tournament in 2022.

With the PFL, it was ‘Let’s train, let’s start you at this level and work your way up’ and then I’ll have a chance to fight in the PFL tournament in 2022,” Shields explained. “And also I’ll still be able to box, so my boxing career isn’t just over because I’m doing MMA. I actually have a boxing match in February, it just hasn’t been announced yet. I still get to box and I’m not getting rushed. And it’s a lucrative deal and a lucrative conversation where it was a three-year deal. It’s not like, ‘Hey come over here fight two times and go back to boxing,’ I’m a conqueror and I’m a warrior so I want to put myself in a position to always win.” (MMA Junkie via MMAMania)

Whilst an opponent for Shields’ sure to be highly-anticipated mixed martial arts debut has yet to be set, the renowned puncher has hinted at her willingness to eventually stand opposite friend and fellow two-time Olympic gold medalist, Judoka standout, Kayla Harrison in the future.

Both under the same banner, Harrison recently headlined an Invicta FC card in November, making light work of Courtney King on her way to a second-round knockout win.

Harrison was scheduled to headline Titan FC 66 earlier this month in a rematch against Jozette Cotton until the main event clash was cancelled after the latter required hospitalization due to the effects of a severely botched weight cut. 

Anthony Pettis Opens Up On Decision To Sign With The PFL

PettisFormer WEC and UFC lightweight champion, Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis called time on his twelve-year stint under the Zuffa LLC banner earlier this week, penning a multi-fight deal with the PFL (Professional Fighters League). Adding to an ever-evolving roster of talent the promotion has managed to entice this year, the Ray Sefo founded banner recently signed […]

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Former WEC and UFC lightweight champion, Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis called time on his twelve-year stint under the Zuffa LLC banner earlier this week, penning a multi-fight deal with the PFL (Professional Fighters League).

Adding to an ever-evolving roster of talent the promotion has managed to entice this year, the Ray Sefo founded banner recently signed both former UFC heavyweight champion, Fabricio ‘Vai Cavalo’ Werdum as well as two-time Olympic gold medalist and boxing world champion, Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields.

Set to feature in the promotion’s 2021 lightweight tournament, Pettis, who completed the final fight on his UFC deal at UFC Vegas 17 last weekend — is currently riding a two-fight winning streak. 2-1 this year, Pettis has managed a pair of decision wins over two-time foe, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, and Alex ‘The Great White’ Morono after a submission loss to Diego Ferreira.

 
Hoping to score his third world championship, Pettis noted how the possibility of adding PFL gold to his trophy cabinet inside twelve months of his promotional move was an outlying factor in his decision to link up with the organization.

Honestly, I knew what I was looking for,” Pettis said in a recent interview with SCMP MMA. “My goal right now at this stage of my career is to become a champ. I’m still young in this game, I’m back motivated and hungry to become a champion and the deal the PFL offered me was very, very fair. And the opportunity to become a champion in twelve months, that’s exactly what I was looking for.

If I went to another organization, I would’ve had to fight my way up,” Pettis continued. I’m not saying it couldn’t be done, but I love the format these guys put out. Also they’ve on ESPN, so it doesn’t change my audience, they can see my fights the exact same way, it just really made sense.

A former UFC lightweight champion, Pettis scored a three-fight winning run over Jeremy Stephens, Joe Lauzon, and the above mentioned Cerrone on track to dethroning two-time foe, Benson ‘Smooth’ Henderson for the undisputed crown with a first-round armbar. In his lone successful title defence, Pettis submitted former Strikeforce 155-pound best, Gilbert ‘El Nino’ Melendez with a second-round guillotine. 

Returning to the lightweight ranks, Pettis links up with former Octagon talents, Efrain Escudero, Ramsey Nijem, Jason High, Thiago Tavares, and Will Brooks, as well as Luiz Firmino and previous tournament victor, Nathan Schulte.

Anthony Pettis Announces PFL Contract on Twitter After Leaving UFC

Anthony Pettis announced Wednesday he has signed with the Professional Fighters League. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reported earlier in the day Pettis had agreed to terms on a deal that will see him join the PFL’s lightweight division…

Anthony Pettis announced Wednesday he has signed with the Professional Fighters League. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reported earlier in the day Pettis had agreed to terms on a deal that will see him join the PFL’s lightweight division…