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PFL 2022 regular season, Week 1: Collard vs. Stephens results and discussion

Get results and discuss Week 1 of the 2022 Professional Fighters League regular season right here on Bloody Elbow, starting at 6 PM ET.

Clay Collard and Jeremy Stephens at the PFL weigh-ins.
Clay Collard and Jeremy Stephens at the PFL weigh-ins.

A new season of the Professional Fighters League is back!

The premiere of the 2022 regular season begins tonight (Apr. 20) in Arlington, TX and features two fan favorites in the main event. After a long career in the UFC, Jeremy Stephens makes his PFL debut against fellow ex-UFC fighter and 2021 PFL lightweight semifinalist Clay Collard.

The co-main sees reigning PFL lightweight champion Raush Manfio against former UFC fighter Don Madge.

If you’re unfamiliar with the PFL points system for the regular season: everyone competes twice, with three five-minute rounds (but no elbows), and the points system works as follows:

Win - 3 pts

First round stoppage - 3 bonus pts

Second round stoppage - 2 bonus pts

Third round stoppage - 1 bonus pt

Draw - 1 pt for each fighter

Loss - 0 points

Week 1 is all about the lightweights and light heavyweights, and Bloody Elbow is the place to be to discuss the event. The prelims begin at 6 PM ET on ESPN+ and followed by the main card at 9 PM ET on ESPN and ESPN+. International viewers can find their outlet here.

The fight card is as follows:

Main card (9 PM ET, ESPN and ESPN+)

Clay Collard def. Jeremy Stephens via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Raush Manfio def. Don Madge via KO (strikes) at 2:42 of Round 3

Antonio Carlos Junior def. Delan Monte via submission (D’Arce choke) at :29 of Round 1

Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Natan Schulte via split decision (29-28, 28-29-28, 29-28)

Preliminary card (6 PM ET, ESPN+)

Cory Hendricks def. Emiliano Sordi via TKO (strikes) at 2:13 of Round 2

Alexander Martinez def. Stevie Ray via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Marthin Hamlet def. Teodoras Aukstuolis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Omari Akhmedov def. Viktor Pesta via KO (punch) at 1:25 of Round 1

Rob Wilkinson def. Bruce Souto via TKO (strikes) at :46 of Round 2

Simeon Powell def. Clinton Williams via KO (knee) at 4:38 of Round 3