ARLINGTON, Texas – Before the 2022 PFL season is over, Clay Collard wants an opportunity to rematch Raush Manfio.
Collard (21-9) lost a controversial decision to Manfio in last year’s semifinals, putting an end to his 2021 title hopes. Manfio went on to become the lightweight champion and after both men emerged victorious Wednesday at 2022 PFL 1, Collard hopes they can run things back.
“I just want to fight Raush whenever, wherever,” Collard told MMA Junkie and other reporters post-fight. “I want to get it back, man.”
He continued, “I felt like I won the fight, the fans felt that I won the fight, the computer system had me winning the fight, both veteran commentators had me winning the fight, so he’s delusional.”
Manfio (16-3) came from behind to knock out Don Madge on Wednesday, but it was Collard’s barnburner against Jeremy Stephens that received the headlining spot on the night, which doesn’t surprise the professional boxer.
“It was a snoozefest until that last punch,” Collard said of Manfio’s win.
“I knew it was going to be the most exciting fight on the card,” Collard said of his fight with Stephens. “That’s why there were two returning champions, and they were on my undercard because I’m the most entertaining guy period.”
Check out the full post-fight interview with Collard in the video above.