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Clay Collard won’t emulate Clay Guida in PFL opener against Anthony Pettis — ‘I’m trying to punch him in the face’


Former light-weight champion Anthony Pettis has been taken down a staggering 45 occasions in his UFC profession, which began with 5 takedowns in his debut loss to Clay Guida at TUF 13 Finale all the best way again in June 2011.

Whereas that may sound like the blueprint to canceling “Showtime,” fellow UFC export Clay Collard will not be losing time along with his wrestling sport once they lock horns within the PFL 2021 season opener on April 23 in Atlantic Metropolis.

“No, I’m gonna go on the market and struggle my struggle,” Collard advised reporters at right now’s PFL media day. “If it goes there, I’m ready, however everyone is aware of what I love to do and that’s punch individuals within the face. I’m making an attempt to punch Anthony within the face. Don’t blink, we might very simply be seeing knockouts.”

Collard (18-8, 1 NC), who holds knowledgeable boxing report of 9-4 with 4 knockouts, is coming off back-to-back wins over Randall Wallace and Lucas Montoya on the regional circuit. “Cassius” has now gained 4 of his final 5 and appears to parlay that success into a light-weight championship — and $1 million prize — later this yr.

“I need to set the tone for the event,” Collard continued. “I believe lots of them aren’t nervous about me and I’m planning to point out that they need to be nervous and have an announcement win. I need to face the hardest guys there are and I’m excited I get Anthony Pettis first.”

The PFL tourney will get underway on April 23 on ESPN 2.


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