The PFL’s 2021 season will kick off April 23 and have considered one of its most prized offseason acquisitions in former UFC light-weight champion Anthony Pettis.
Pettis (24-10) will meet Clay Collard (18-8) in the principle occasion of PFL 1, president Ray Sefo advised ESPN. The struggle will happen at a location nonetheless to be introduced and air on ESPN2.
Pettis, 34, signed a contract with PFL late final 12 months to compete for the promotion’s $1 million season prize. The transfer ended a virtually 10-year run wherein Pettis fought completely within the UFC, the place he held the 155-pound belt from 2013 to 2015.
Collard, 27, has one of many extra attention-grabbing careers in all of fight sports activities, as he additionally fought within the UFC in 2014 and 2015 however spent the previous two years boxing professionally. He had six bouts in 2020, together with 4 appearances beneath the High Rank banner in Las Vegas.
Along with the principle occasion, two-time PFL light-weight champion Natan Schulte (20-3-1) will face former Bellator MMA title challenger Marcin Held (26-7), and two-time PFL featherweight champion Lance Palmer (22-3) will meet a former NCAA Division I wrestling champion in Bubba Jenkins (14-4).
The total matchups for PFL 1 on April 23 embody: