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2022 PFL 1: Clay Collard edges Jeremy Stephens in a bonafide slugfest

The PFL kicked off the 2022 season with a barnburner of a main event between Clay Collard and former UFC lightweight Jeremy Stephens.

Stephens made his PFL debut Wednesday night at the Esports Stadium Arlington in Arlington, Texas and looked better than his most recent bouts in the octagon, but couldn’t put Collard away with his many big shots and absorbed even more from Collard.

The judges scored it 30-27, 30-27, and 30-27.

With the win, Collard (21-9-0) picked up three points, which puts him in second place in the lightweight standings behind the four points of Raush Manfio. The winless streak of Stephens (27-20-0, 1NC) is now at eight straight contests.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

SIMEON POWELL DEF. CLINTON WILLIAMS VIA KO (KNEE) R3 4:38

ROB WILKINSON DEF. BRUCE SOUTO VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 0:46

OMARI AKHMEDOV DEF. VIKTOR PESTA VIA KO (PUNCHES) R1 1:25

MARTHIN HAMLET DEF. TEODORAS AUKSTUOLIS VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ALEX MARTINEZ DEF. STEVEN RAY VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

CORY HENDRICKS DEF. EMILIANO SORDI VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 2:13

MAIN CARD 

NATAN SCHULTE VS. OLIVIER AUBIN-MERCIER 

WINNER: OLIVIER AUBIN-MERCIER VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: NATAN  SCHULTE VIA UD

Andrews: Give Mercier creditor his grappling.

ANTONIO CARLOS JR. VS. DELAN MONTE

WINNER ANTONIO CARLOS JR. VIA SUBMISSION (BRABO CHOKE) R1 0:29

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANTONIO CARLOS JR. VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! ACJ means business once again.

RAUSH MANFIO VS. DON MADGE

WINNER: RAUSH MANFIO VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 2:42

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DON MADGE VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: All hail Raush Manfio.

MAIN EVENT

CLAY COLLARD VS. JEREMY STEPHENS 

WINNER: CLAY COLLARD VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CLAY COLLARD VIA UD

CHRIS CAMOZZI PREDICTION: JEREMY STEPHENS VIA TKO

Andrews: Give Stephens credit. He looked a lot better than his recent UFC fights, but Collard was a step ahead of him.

The next PFL event is 2022 PFL 2, which is set for April 28 at the Esports Stadium Arlington in Arlington, Texas. The card features heavyweights and featherweights, with the prelims starting at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+, while the main card beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN 2 and ESPN+. Bruno Cappelozza takes on Stuart Austin in the heavyweight main event.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrews
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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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