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Clay Collard won’t emulate Clay Guida in PFL opener against Anthony Pettis — ‘I’m trying to punch him in the face’ – MMA Root

Former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has been defeated a staggering 45 times in his UFC career, starting with five tackles in his debut loss to Clay Guida at TUF 13 Finale in June 2011.

While that may seem like the plan to cancel “Showtime,” UFC exporter Clay Collard won’t waste time with his fighting game when they meet in the first game of the 2021 PFL season on April 23 in Atlantic City.

“No, I’m going to go out and fight my fight,” Collard told reporters on today’s PFL media day. “If it gets there, I’m prepared, but everyone knows what I like to do and that’s punching people in the face. I’m trying to punch Anthony in the face. Don’t blink, we could easily see knockouts. “

Collard (18-8, 1 NC), who has a professional boxing record of 9-4 with four knockouts, is coming off back-to-back victories over Randall Wallace and Lucas Montoya on the regional circuit. “Cassius” has won four of his last five and is looking to turn that success into a lightweight championship – and a $ 1 million prize pool – later this year.

“I want to set the tone for the tournament,” Collard continued. “I think a lot of them are not concerned about me and I plan to show that they should be concerned and win a statement. I want to take on the toughest guys out there and I’m excited to have Anthony Pettis first. “

The PFL tournament begins April 23 on ESPN 2.

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