Clay Collard, Alexander Martinez Face Off Ahead Of Tonight’s PFL Event
PFL 4 weigh-ins occurred on Thursday, as the league returns from its hiatus to begin the second half of its 2022 regular season. The main card will air on ESPN tonight, Friday 17, at 10 p.m. on ESPN. It is being held at Atlanta’s Overtime Elite Arena.
The main event will have Boxer Clay Collard (21-9, 1 NC MMA, 1-0 PFL 2022, three points in the standings) return to the PFL Smart Cage to fight against Alexander Martinez (9-2, 1 NC MMA, 1-0 PFL 2022, three points in the standings).
Collard has a 4-1 record in his last five MMA appearances. Most recently, he had a unanimous decision against Jeremy Stephens on April 20 at the PFL 1 main event.
“Stephens is a tough dude,” Collard said to FanSided MMA.
“He was really hard to put away and it turned out to be a great fight. With the tournament setting, I would have much rather had six points instead of three.
“I could win both my fights and they could both be fight of the year candidates and I could still not make it into the tournament because they rule a knockout six points more than they do two decision wins six points. I feel like if you got a knockout and a loss, the guy who kept winning should get the [playoff] spot.”
Martinez enters the event Friday having posted a 3-2 record in his last five bouts, having scored a unanimous decision against Stevie Ray at PFL 1.
“After earning the victory today, it’s really reinvigorating, so man, I feel great right now,” Martinez said when discussing with the media about his motivation for fighting.
“It’s a very emotional moment for me right now. I’m a new father now. Before the fight, first thing I did was take a picture. I need to go fight for my little girl. I dedicated this fight to my father-in-law who just passed away last October.
“We still are mourning from that loss and going through training camp, putting all those emotions to the side, because you cannot come into this sport with emotions. You have to be cold-minded, cool-headed, and yeah, I’m very thankful.”
The co-main event will see Antonio Carlos Junior facing off against Bruce Souto.
Carlos Junior has made it clear that he has ambitions to headline a future fight.
“I hope soon. You know what I mean? The last fight, I was not in the co-main. Now I’m the co-main, maybe the next one, we’re going to be the main event,” Carlos Junior told Cageside Press during PFL 4 media day.
Here is the full PFL 4 fight card.
MAIN CARD (ESPN, ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET)
- Clay Collard (155.2) vs. Alex Martinez (155.8)
- Antonio Carlos Junior (205.8) vs. Bruce Souto (205.2)
- Olivier Aubin-Mercier (155.8) vs. Raush Manfio (155.8)
- Myles Price (155.2) vs. Jeremy Stephens (156)
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 7 p.m. ET)
- Omari Akhmedov (203.2) vs. Teodoras Aukstuolis (204)
- Marcin Held (155.6) vs. Natan Schulte (156)
- Delan Monte (205.6) vs. Emiliano Sordi (204.8)
- Viktor Pesta (205.8) vs. Rob Wilkinson (206)
- Marthin Hamlet (205.6) vs. Josh Silveira (205.6)
- *Jake Childers (155) vs. Nate Jennerman (155)