Stream LIVE on ESPN+ starting at 5:30
Live Link to Full PFL 1 Assets
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY – The 2021 season of the Professional Fighters League kicks off tonight, with PFL 1, headlined by an exciting lightweight bout between multiple-time world champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis and top contender Clay Collard. Pettis (24-10) is a former UFC and WEC Lightweight Champion and will be making his promotional debut with the PFL. He is coming off back-to-back wins. Collard (18-8-1), also making his PFL debut, has won 4 of his last 5 fights. The event will take place in the PFL Regular Season Bubble at the Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Also on the card, 2018 and 2019 PFL Lightweight Champion Natan Schulte faces Marcin Held in the co-main event. Schulte (20-3-1) who hails from Brazil, has reigned over the PFL’s lightweight division in the past two seasons. Poland’s Held (26-7) steps into the PFL cage for the first time following stints with the UFC and Bellator.
Additionally, 2018 and 2019 PFL Featherweight Champion Lance Palmer will make his 2021 season debut against highly-touted newcomer Bubba Jenkins. An NCAA Division I All-American, Palmer (22-3) is undefeated in the PFL, and is on an 11-fight winning streak. Jenkins (14-4) will be making his PFL debut off the strength of a three-fight winning streak. He is a former BRAVE CF Bantamweight Champion.
Post-fight press conference to stream on ESPN+ immediately after the conclusion of the main event. Streaming details are listed below:
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Professional Fighters League (PFL) is the first and only to present MMA in the sports-season format where individual fighters compete in Regular Season, Playoffs, and Championship. PFL is the innovation leader with the PFL SmartCage delivering viewers on-screen fight analytics and real-time prop bets. PFL Roster is second to none with 25% of its fighters ranked in the top 25 in their weight-class. All PFL 2021 Season events are live primetime on ESPN2/ESPN+ in the U.S. and available on leading broadcast and streaming outlets in 160 countries worldwide.
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