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Even the threat of fine and a newly established penalty for playoff
points did not inspire every fighter to make weight.

The
Professional Fighters League
makes its return this Friday after
taking all of 2020 off.
PFL 1: 2021 Regular Season
features the start of the season for
both the featherweight and lightweight divisions. Headlining the
card is a lightweight bout between former
Ultimate Fighting Championship
champion Anthony
Pettis
against Clay
Collard
, with the latter returning to mixed martial arts after
a memorable foray into boxing. One fighter did miss weight:
Mikhail
Odintsov
, who is now unable to earn playoff points if he wins
on Saturday.

This is the first fight for Pettis (24-10) outside of the UFC. He
exits the organization on a two-fight win streak, having picked up
decision wins over Alex Morono
and Donald
Cerrone
. “Showtime” will look to add another highlight to his
already impressive resume, and grow his legacy inside the PFL. The
34-year-old officially stepped on the scales at 156 pounds.

This is the biggest opportunity in the career of Collard (18-8, 1
NC). “Cassius” has won four of his last five mixed martial arts
bouts, with his lone defeat coming to Darrick
Minner
in 2018. Collard stayed active in boxing in 2020 as he
went on a five-fight win streak that saw him defeat two undefeated
prospects. However, his boxing stint ended with a pair of decision
losses. Collard weighed 154.6 pounds for the biggest bout of his
career.

The PFL 1: 2021 Regular Season prelims will stream on ESPN+ from
5:30 to 9 p.m. ET, while the two-hour main card begins at 9 p.m. ET
on ESPN2.

PFL 1: 2021 Regular Season Weigh-in Results:

Anthony
Pettis
(156) vs. Clay
Collard
(154.6)
Natan
Schulte
(156) vs. Marcin Held
(155.8)
Movlid
Khaybulaev
(145.4) vs. Lazar
Stojadinovic
(145.8)
Lance
Palmer
(145.4) vs. Bubba
Jenkins
(146)
Brendan
Loughnane
(146) vs. Sheymon
Moraes
(146)
Joilton
Lutterbach
(155.8) vs. Raush
Manfio
(156)
Akhmed
Aliev
(155.2) vs. Mikhail
Odintsov
(156.4)*
Chris
Wade
(146) vs. Anthony
Dizy
(145.6)
Sung
Bin Jo
(145.6) vs. Tyler
Diamond
(145.8)
Loik
Radzhabov
(155.4) vs. Alex
Martinez
(156)

* Odintsov missed weight by .4 pounds, he has been fined 20
percent of his purse, he is ineligible to win playoff points and he
has been penalized one point in the standings.


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