Former light-weight champion Anthony Pettis has been taken down a staggering 45 occasions in his UFC occupation, which begun with 5 takedowns in his debut reduction to Clay Guida at TUF 13 Finale all the way back in June 2011.
Although that could possibly sound like the blueprint to canceling “Showtime,” fellow UFC export Clay Collard will not be losing time with his wrestling recreation when they lock horns in the PFL 2021 period opener on April 23 in Atlantic City.
“No, I’m gonna go out there and battle my fight,” Collard explained to reporters at today’s PFL media working day. “If it goes there, I’m ready, but every person is aware what I like to do and that is punch men and women in the deal with. I’m seeking to punch Anthony in the facial area. Never blink, we could pretty very easily be seeing knockouts.”
Collard (18-8, 1 NC), who retains a professional boxing history of 9-4 with four knockouts, is coming off back again-to-back wins above Randall Wallace and Lucas Montoya on the regional circuit. “Cassius” has now received 4 of his past 5 and seems to be to parlay that achievements into a lightweight championship — and $1 million prize — afterwards this 12 months.
“I want to set the tone for the event,” Collard ongoing. “I think a lot of them aren’t fearful about me and I’m setting up to clearly show that they must be worried and have a statement win. I want to face the hardest fellas there are and I’m energized I get Anthony Pettis very first.”
The PFL tourney receives underway on April 23 on ESPN 2.