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Highlights! Clay Collard shuts out Jeremy Stephens in “Fight Of The Year” contender

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Jeremy Stephens vs. Clay Collard completely lived up to expectations. The first main event of the 2022 Professional Fighter’s League (PFL) season delivered the goods, as Stephens and Collard threw down for a bloody 15 minutes.

Neither man wasted any time, landing big shots from the first bell. Between trading right hands, Collard made it a priority to work the body and dig some low kicks, attrition work that seemed to pay off as the fight wore on. Outside of the rare wrestling moment, the two brawled for the entirety of the first five minutes.

“Lil Heathen” started the second round string by stunning Collard, but “Cassius” answered with a takedown and some heavy punches of his own. Really, the momentum stayed in neither man’s corner for long, as they both landed at a tremendous rate. The chaos continued into the third round with the action remaining high until the closing seconds of the fight.

Ultimately, all three judges awarded Collard the win by way of 30-27 scorecards, but the official results don’t tell the whole story. Check out the video highlights below courtesy of PFL:

As a result of this victory, Collard begins the 2022 season with three points in the Lightweight standing.

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