HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Raush Manfio accomplished a fairy story season Wednesday to win $1 million and PFL’s 2021 light-weight title.
In 4 fights with the promotion, Manfio (15-3) by no means was a favourite. In the playoff remaining, he outworked Loik Radzhabov (15-4-1) for a unanimous determination in his greatest upset but. Radzhabov was a 3-1 favourite.
Manfio made an enormous splash in June when he upset former UFC and WEC light-weight champion Anthony Pettis, who was greater than a 2-1 favourite towards him. Wednesday, after Manfio’s win, Pettis stated he was pulling for Manfio to win all of it.
“Raush is good,” Pettis instructed MMA Junkie after the occasion. “I would say his kickboxing was amazing. I knew how to get past that kickboxing. But to see what he just did right now, based on what he needed – his family needed that s*it … I’m not a hater. To see someone make $1 million? I love it. It just makes me more motivated. I think he’s a great athlete, but that shows me where I’m at. I can win this $1 million tournament in the lightweight division for sure.”
Pettis had one more reason for rooting curiosity in Manfio. He stated a parlay wager on Manfio and Ray Cooper III, additionally an underdog, to win their Wednesday fights paid him greater than $50,000.
Pettis signed with the PFL earlier this 12 months after closing out his longtime UFC run with wins over Donald Cerrone and Alex Morono. But he dropped a choice to Clay Collard in his PFL debut in April, then misplaced to Manfio by cut up name two months later.
He stated he discovered some issues from these losses, in addition to the best way PFL’s season format operates. He thinks he’ll be capable of flip issues round for the promotion’s 2022 season.
“I’m starting training camp ASAP,” Pettis stated. “There’s no two-month training camp for this kind of series. You’ve got to fight back-to-back like that, you’ve got to start way earlier. I learned that the first time.”