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PFL 1 results: Upsets reign as Anthony Pettis, champs Natan Schulte and Lance Palmer fall via decision – MMA Root

It was a tough night to become a favorite in the PFL as Season 3 ended with three chagrin, including a lightweight headliner between former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and Clay Collard.

Collard nearly finished off Pettis in the second round with a series of brutal punches, and then survived a head and flying knee from the former champion in the last minute and made a unanimous decision with two scores 29-27 and one 29-28. Friday’s Fight Card Main Event at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, NJ

Collard quickly found success, keeping Pettis on his heels with direct attacks and body punches. Pettis kicked from a distance and was getting more and more success after Collard’s punches, adjusting the timing. Feeling the momentum, Pettis took to the air with an acrobatic kick, and instead found himself on his back, which was repeated throughout the fight.

A straight right from Collard sent Pettis to the canvas in the second second after it looked like the ex-champion was starting to find his range. Pettis went into survival mode on all fours, under the watchful eye of Judge Gary Copeland. The fight could have probably been stopped, but Pettis survived but was caught with his other right hand. Collard confused Pettis and punched him to complete the middle frame.

Pettis’s mouth was wide open as frame three kicked off, but he still managed to land his signature kicks, one of which hit Collard in the head. The jumping knee of the switch sent Collard to the canvas, and he clung to life with his back on the mat. Unable to pick up the pace, Pettis let Collard escape and fired a second shot in the head.

Collard, who had a resurgence at the end of his boxing career that preceded his return to MMA, scores three points over his frustration when Pettis returns to the drawing board after a couple of UFC wins prepared his move to the PFL.

Held holds up against Schulte

Submission specialists Nathan Schulte and Marcin Held did the same as the wrestlers against each other and withstood three rounds of non-stop wrestling.

After 15 minutes, Held landed his second major hit of the night, beating two-time lightweight champion Schulte in two rounds versus one in the co-main event.

Held’s chin and legs were put to the test at the end of the fight, when Schulte absorbed his best punches and continued to push forward, making fights at every turn. But Held’s early work paid off, as he managed to break through Schulte’s formidable guards more often than his champion opponent could resist.

Momentum shifted towards the champion when Held failed a mid-fight takedown and he controlled the fight against the cage. In the third held, a pair of hooks to the left of Schulte was clearly hitting. However, the Polish fighter did not break, and the victory was won by his hard jabs and right top.

Khaibulaev ends up in the GNP clinic

An excellent striker dumped Movlid Khaibulaev in the previous game in the PFL. This time he did not risk it and unanimously took advantage of Lazar Stoyadinovich’s wrestling shortcomings.

Khaibulaev posted a unanimous 30-27 shutout and earned three points to his result in the third season, repeatedly defeating and defeating Stoyadinovich.

There were moments in the first and third frames when Khaibulaev’s piston left side threatened to cause a TKO stop as he caught one of his opponent’s arms and got his way. Stoyadinovich survived, but the only charity he received was three nine-point bills.

After a technical knockout against Daniel Pineda in the second season quarterfinals, which was canceled by a positive doping test, Khaibulaev remains undefeated as a professional.

Jenkins upset two-time champion Palmer

The wrestling advantage that Bubba Jenkins touted ahead of his four-time carpet opponent Lance Palmer was realized as promised.

Over the course of three rounds, Jenkins controlled and outplayed Palmer, taking his first PFL win and three points in his first season 3 with a unanimous score of 30-27.

Jenkins also made a big statement against the dominant two-time tournament champion who hasn’t lost in over three years and 11 fights. Palmer’s strategy against heavy hitting backfired as he allowed Jenkins to dictate actions and take takedowns, resulting in extended periods of land control.

Palmer, who played 1-3 against Jenkins in college, came close to choking in the final moments of the fight and his calf kick repeatedly hit the mark. This was not enough to overcome the deficit.

Complete PFL 1 Results:

Clay Collard def. Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)

Marcin Held def. Nathan Schulte by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Movlid Khaibulaev, def. Lazar Stojadinovic by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Bubba Jenkins def. Lance Palmer via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Brendan Lockneyne, def. Shaimon Moraes by knockout (blow by blow) – 1 round, 2:55

Rausch Manfio, def. Joylton Lutterbach by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Akhmed Aliyev, def. Mikhail Odintsov by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Chris Wade, def. Anthony Deasy via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Tyler Diamond def. Jo Sung Bin via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Alexander Martinez def. Loik Radjabov by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

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