Alex Martinez Edges Out Clay Collard in Thrilling PFL 4 Main Event

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Alex Martinez and Clay Collard, PFL 4Alex Martinez and Clay Collard, PFL 4 Fight Night astatine the OTE Arena successful Atlanta, Georgia, Friday, June 17, 2022. (Matt Ferris / PFL)

The result of PFL 4’s main lawsuit betwixt Clay Collard and Alex Martinez had immoderate beauteous intelligibly defined stakes: the victor would spell connected to the post-season.

The loser would spell home.

Both men started the nighttime with 3 points, and Collard not amazingly came retired swinging. With morganatic boxing accomplishment and a granite chin, helium was blessed to propulsion aboriginal and often, putting Martinez connected his heels. Collard ripped the assemblage connected entry, earlier latching connected with a clinch, not allowing Martinez to get the precocious manus done the opening 2 minutes. Collard adjacent chased a assemblage fastener takedown momentarily, earlier the brace broke.

A changeable digging into the belt-line a infinitesimal aboriginal saw Martinez wince successful pain; helium motioned that the stroke was low, earning a reprieve from the ref. The punch, connected replay, looked legal, and Collard went close backmost to enactment connected the restart, yet landing a takedown.

The combat wouldn’t enactment connected the crushed long, with Collard backing disconnected and taking things backmost to the feet. Collard past caught a caput kick, chopped astatine Marinez’s leg, and sent him to his back. A diving punch by Collard followed, arsenic helium opted to prosecute connected the ground. Collard took the back, looking for a rear-naked choke, but helium didn’t person hooks in.

In the last minute, Collard recovered a location for his jab, and continued to rip the body. But it was Martinez landing a precocious takedown, moving from wrong defender for the past 15 seconds.

The archetypal 5 minutes had a breakneck pace. Collard got aft it again successful the second, continuing to rip the body. Martinez landed a near hook, Collard tagged the chin, and a slowing Martinez changeable for a takedown, looking to alteration the pace. Collard fought disconnected the attempt, spun out, and re-engaged, walking his hostile down. Martinez again changed levels, but was obscurity adjacent landing the takedown effort that followed. Moments later, Collard dropped Martinez, who was backpedalling erstwhile the stroke landed! Collard pursued, getting connected top. Eventually helium stacked Martinez up, but Martinez made it to his knees.

No slouch connected the ground, Collard chased an arm-bar, but Martinez scrambled out, past took the back. From there, Collard tried to rotation out, but Martinez stayed connected him. Martinez past got a assemblage fastener in, and got nether the chin! It was tight, but Collard refused to tap, rolled, pushed up connected the elbow, and recovered capable abstraction to interruption free— sticking retired his lingua arsenic helium came out. Martinez stayed connected the back, and finished different riveting circular there.

Collard landed a close aboriginal successful circular three, portion Martinez connected with a limb kick, and things were underway. Martinez went aft the takedown early, putting Collard connected his back. Collard tried to support by grabbing a leg, but coiled up with his backmost to the fence. That allowed him to astir wall-walk up; helium grabbed Martinez’s leg, looking for his ain takedown, but mislaid the position.

Guillotine effort by Martinez! Collard gets out! 2 minutes near successful the round!#2022PFL4

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Collard past moved successful for a single-leg takedown, close into a Martinez guillotine. Martinez, tiring, didn’t person the compression indispensable to decorativeness it. Collard backed up, letting Martinez backmost to his feet. Martinez fired a limb kick. Then another. He went precocious with a kick, and Collard took vantage of his hostile being off-balance and dumped him. Collard landed to the body, went upstairs, deed the assemblage again, and stuffed a takedown. Martinez rolled to his back, and Collard motioned for him to get up. Martinez past landed a takedown, but couldn’t support Collard down. In the last minute, Martinez got Collard down, finishing connected apical — but however would the judges spot it?

In the end, 2 gave it to Martinez — who moves into the post-season attraction of the divided determination win.

Official Result: Alex Martinez def. Clay Collard by divided determination (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)