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“Showtime” is over for Anthony Pettis in the PFL playoffs.
The former UFC champion fell to 0-2 against Stevie Ray in 2022, dropping a unanimous decision, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28, Friday night at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in the main event of the first of three PFL semifinal events.
Six weeks after Ray, a 10-fight UFC veteran in his first year with PFL, submitted Pettis with a modified twister, the Scot was clearly trying to take advantage of a ground lead. After lukewarm exchanges on the feet in the first two frames, Ray was able to secure takedowns in side control in the opening round and straight into a back take with a body triangle in the next.
Ray thought Pettis was about to tap at the end of the first attempt at a north-south choke, but Pettis managed to survive and get back up right in front of the horn.
“The only thing that surprised me was the fact that it never tapped the north-south choke,” Ray told reporters afterwards. “I felt it was so tight. … I was sure he would go to sleep. I squeezed; I think I gasped myself a bit.”
Pettis was clearly two laps behind on the last stanza and was better able to fend off Ray’s clinch and takedown attempts. He landed some notable strikes, including a calf kick that knocked Ray off balance in the final 30 seconds. That wasn’t enough to open a potential finish, and the clock came down on both the lightweight fight and Pettis’ build-up to the $1 million prize at the end of the PFL season.
That journey continues for Ray, who takes on Olivier Aubin-Mercier. The Canadian won a lopsided decision earlier in the evening, 30-27, 30-26, 30-26, from Alexander Martinez.
The light heavyweight division also arranged a championship game in the Garden on Friday. In the main card opener, Rob Wilkinson crushed Delan Monte in a wild 1:37 to pick up the lone TKO win of the evening’s postseason matchups.
Wilkinson will face UFC veteran Omari Akhmedov, who made a less than exciting decision, 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, against Josh Silveira. The Brazilian replaced 2021 champion Antonio Carlos Jr., who withdrew with a reported torn ACL. Carlos and Akhmedov are teammates at American Top Team.
PFL has not yet announced plans for the championship event, when it will determine the champions of its six divisions and award the winners $1 million each.
Anthony Pettis beaten again by Stevie Ray, expelled from PFL playoffs – Europe Times News
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