PFL 2021 Regular Season Matchups Announced; Anthony Pettis vs. Clay Collard Headline PFL 1

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PFL has returned with a bang. The inaugural PFL has been announced, the event will be on April 23rd, 2021 on ESPN+ and ESPN 2. Headlining PFL 1 will be former WEC and UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, he will face Clay Collard for his PFL debut. After a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19, PFL is having its much-anticipated return in 2021. This return event will begin the PFL 2021 Regular Season match-ups for lightweights and featherweights.

PFL 2021 Regular Season Matchups Announced

Two knockout specialists will meet in the headliner for PFL 1. Clay “Cassius” Collard is a veteran of boxing and MMA, having a boxing record of 9-3 and an MMA record of 18-8. Anthony Pettis (24-10) has seen it all since his debut in MMA in 2007. WEC & UFC gold, flying cage kick, and a full resume of many top names from lightweight, featherweight, and welterweight on his fight record. Clay Collard had four fights in the UFC and will also be making his debut in PFL alongside Pettis. Collard and Pettis have a combined 21 knockouts on their record.

Additionally announced is the return of Brazilian two-time PFL lightweight champion Natan Schulte (20-3). “Russo” is a submission specialist with nine wins via submission. The two-time champion will meet Polish submission fighter Marcin Held (26-7). Held made his pro debut in 2008 and in that time has won 54% of his fights by way of submission.

Undefeated Dagestanian Russian fighter Movlid “Killer” Khaybulaev (15-0-1) will be making his return to PFL against fellow undefeated featherweight, American-born, Jason Soares (14-0).

Also on the main card for PFL 1 will be a clash of two NCAA Division I wrestlers. Bubba Jenkins (14-4) will meet two-time PFL featherweight champion Lance “The Party” Palmer (22-3). Palmer was the 2018 and 2019 PFL season featherweight champion. Jenkins graduated as an NCAA D1 champion, winning a title in 2011.

Olivier “The Canadian Gangster” Aubin-Mercier (11-5) will be fighting on April 23rd against Germany’s Joilton Lutterbach (34-8). Aubin-Mercier, formerly of the UFC, and Lutterbach will both be making their PFL debut.

Full PFL 1 Card Details

Main Card on ESPN 2

  • Anthony Pettis vs. Clay Collard
  • Marcin Held vs. Natan Schulte
  • Movlid Khaybulaev vs. Jason Soares
  • Bubba Jenkins vs. Lance Palmer

Preliminary Card on ESPN+

  • Johnny Case vs. Loik Radzhabov
  • Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Joilton Lutterbach
  • Akhmed Aliev vs. Mikhail Odintsov
  • Tyler Diamond vs. Jo Sungbin
  • Brendan Loughnane vs. Sheymon Moraes

PFL will be making more upcoming regular season announcement match-ups soon. The organization has a roster they’re proud of featuring Olympic Gold medalists judoka Kayla Harrison and boxer Claressa Shield, plus former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, and former Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald. PFL 1 will be April 23rd with additional regular-season events that will follow on April 29, May 6, and June 10, 17, and 25.

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