The second half of the PFL season begins tonight with PFL 4 2021, where lightweights and featherweights will take center stage once again. The event is headlined by a non-league lightweight showcase bout between 2012 and 2016 Olympic boxing gold medalist and undefeated professional boxing champion Claressa Shields, who is making her MMA debut, and the 3-6 MMA veteran Brittney Elkin. Elkin is looking for a better outcome against her second highly-touted Olympic gold medalist after losing by first-round submission in former judo great Kayla Harrison‘s MMA debut in 2018.
At lightweight, Akhmed Aliev, Alexander Martinez, Marcin Held, and Raush Manfio each have three points, all having earned decision victories at PFL 1 2021. Clay Collard also picked up three points from a unanimous decision victory, and has picked up three “walkover” points due to his opponent, Joilton Lutterbach, missing weight. Those six points put Collard in the driver’s seat going into the night. Expect action as each fighter attempts to seal their place in the playoffs, although the standings will not be finalized until Manfio faces Anthony Pettis two weeks from now after Pettis fell ill earlier this week.
Featherweights Bubba Jenkins, Sheymon Moraes, Movlid Khaybulaev, Tyler Diamond, and Chris Wade all possess three points, although they are trailing behind Brendan Loughnane, who has six points after picking up a first-round finish in his first fight. Similar to the lightweights, there is not much room for error for fighters looking to extend their season at PFL 4 2021. The standings will likely not be finalized for this division either, as Khaybulaev takes on Lance Palmer two weeks from now.
PFL 4 2021 Results
Claressa Shields def. Brittney Elkin via TKO (ground and pound), 1:44 of Round 3
Clay Collard (6 points) def. Joilton Lutterbach (-1 points)* via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), earns no bonus points (3 total) but clinches spot in PFL playoffs
Bubba Jenkins (3 points) def. Bobby Moffett (0 points) via unanimous decision (29-28 x3), earns three points and clinches spot in PFL playoffs
Brendan Loughnane (6 points) def. Tyler Diamond (3 points) via majority decision (30-27, 29-27, 28-28), earns three points and clinches spot in PFL playoffs
Natan Schulte (0 points) def. Alex Martinez (3 points) via split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2), earns three points
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (-1 points) def. Marcin Held (3 points) via unanimous decision (30-27 x3), earns three points
Loik Radzhabov (0 points) def. Akhmed Aliev (0 points) via TKO (punches), 0:27 of Round 1, earns six points and clinches spot in PFL playoffs with Held loss
Sheymon Moraes (3 points) def. Jesse Stirn (-1 points)* via submission (kimura), 4:59 of Round 2, earns two bonus points (five total)
Chris Wade (3 points) def. Arman Ospanov (0 points) via KO (head kick and punches), 2:18 of Round 2, earns five points and clinches spot in PFL playoffs
*Stirn and Lutterbach missed weight, and have been penalized one point. Opponents Moraes and Collard were also given an automatic three “walkover” points.