It was a close call for Raush Manfio.
The 2021 PFL lightweight champion picked up an impressive comeback win, putting away his opponent Don Madge at the 2:42 mark of Round 3 in a bout that he was likely losing on the scorecards. The 155-pound contest took place in the co-main event of 2022 PFL 1 event in Arlington, Texas.
The win earned Manfio four points in the season.
Although Manfio (16-3) was hanging with Madge (11-4-1), it seemed the Brazilian was behind the scorecards, as Madge was landing the bigger shots and had the most volume throughout the fight. But that all changed when Manfio connected with a hard right hand that dropped Madge. From there, Manfio followed up with ground-and-pound, forcing the referee to stop the fight.
Below you can watch Manfio’s knockout:
IT’S ALL OVER!
Raush Manfio lands a BOMB in the 3rd round! 4 Points for Raush!#2022PFL1 LIVE on ESPN2 & ESPN+
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Manfio win the 2021 PFL lightweight title and $1 million prize after entering the tournament as an alternate. The 30-year-old is on a five-fight winning streak, which includes notable names such as Clay Collard and Anthony Pettis.