The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the fastest growing and most innovative sports league, today announced its main event and full card matchups for its second half kickoff, PFL 4, taking place on June 17 at Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Fresh off a Fight of the Year performance against Jeremy Stephens at PFL 1, popular slugger Clay Collard is back on the marquee, slated to take on Alexander Martinez in the lightweight division. Martinez defeated Scottish veteran Stevie Ray to begin his 2022 campaign.
In the co-main event, 2021 Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio Carlos Jr. will duel with 2022 PFL Challenger Series winner Bruce Souto. Carlos Jr. racked up six points with a first round submission of Delan Monte at PFL 1. Carlos Jr. looks to earn a PFL Playoff berth and secure the top seed in the division. Souto is looking to earn his first PFL win and slow the 2021 champion’s momentum in the process.
PFL 2021 Lightweight World Champion Raush Manfio will take on “The Canadian Gangster” Olivier Aubin-Mercier in a battle of PFL 1 winners. Manfio stopped South African Don Madge late in the third round. Aubin-Mercier gritted out a close split-decision win over two-time PFL Champion Natan Schulte.
Rounding out the ESPN card, Jeremey Stephens faces Ireland’s Myles Price in a lightweight bout. Both fighters are coming off losses and will need finishes to keep their 2022 PFL Playoff hopes alive.
”The first half of the 2022 PFL Regular Season saw unmatched action and excitement that can only be generated in the unique season based format the Professional Fighters League offers,” said PFL CEO Peter Murray. “As we head into the 2022 Seasons second half the stakes are higher with Playoff berths and positioning in the balance. The PFL cannot wait to continue what has been an incredible season and bring the best in MMA to the millions of fans around the globe.”
”The PFL has the best roster in MMA which was on full display in our first three Regular Season events”, said Ray Sefo, President of Fighter Operations of the PFL. “At PFL 4 fans will see the heart and desire of our athletes as they fight their way to the Playoffs.”
The second half of the 2022 PFL Season begins June 17 on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in primetime. The remaining Regular Season events will take place on June 24 and July 1. Tickets to see PFL live at OTE Arena in Atlanta are available now.
PFL is the first and only MMA league with a true sports-season format where elite fighters from around the world compete in a Regular Season, Playoffs and Championship. The four competitors in each division who earn the most points advance to the win-or-go-home Playoffs, followed by the biggest night in MMA – the PFL World Championship – with each winner going home with the $1 million prize.
Professional Fighters League is the No. 2 MMA company globally and features an elite talent roster with 25 percent of its fighters independently ranked in the top-25 of the world, including 2021 PFL champions Ray Cooper III and Movlid Khaybulaev. PFL has live event coverage in 160 countries on leading distribution platforms and delivers a unique, innovative product to the more than 600 million MMA fans globally.
ESPN Card (Simulcast on ESPN Deportes and ESPN+)
Clay Collard vs. Alexander Martinez
Antonio Carlos Jr. vs. Bruce Souto
Raush Manfio vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Jeremy Stephens vs. Myles Price
Omari Akhmedov vs. Teodoras Aukstuolis
Natan Schulte vs. Marcin Held
Emiliano Sordi vs. Delan Monte
Robert Wilkinson vs. Viktor Pesta
Marthin Hamlet vs. Josh Silveira