Clay Collard upsets Anthony Pettis as PFL returns for 2021 season

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Clay Collard hits Anthony Pettis in the former UFC lightweight champion’s PFL debut as the Professional Fighters League returned for its first event of the 2021 season. (Professional Fighters League)

Clay Collard upset Anthony Pettis in the former UFC lightweight champion’s PFL debut Friday as the Professional Fighters League returned for its first event of the 2021 season.

Collard earned a unanimous decision thanks in part to a huge second round in which he dropped Pettis twice.

Pettis signed with PFL in December after spending a decade and 20 fights in the UFC.

Collard is an MMA journeyman who had a 1-3 stint in the UFC from 2014-15, including a loss to former featherweight champion Max Holloway.

Former Bellator MMA standouts Bubba Jenkins and Marcin Held also picked up wins on the main card, while Brendan Loughnane earned the night’s lone stoppage win in the featured preliminary bout.

Below are highlights and the complete results from the PFL event.

MAIN CARD
— Clay Collard def. Anthony Pettis by unanimous decision
— Marcin Held def. Natan Schulte by unanimous decision
— Movlid Khaybulaev def. Lazar Stojadinovic by unanimous decision
— Bubba Jenkins def. Lance Palmer by unanimous decision

PRELIMINARY CARD
— Brendan Loughnane def. Sheymon Moraes by knockout
— Raush Manfio def. Joilton Lutterbach by split decision
— Akhmet Aliev def. Mikhail Odintsov by unanimous decision
— Chris Wade def. Anthony Dizy by unanimous decision
— Tyler Diamond def. Sung Bin Jo by unanimous decision
— Alexander Martinez def. Loik Radzhabov by split decision

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