PFL officials announced the lightweight matchup Wednesday. The event, which takes place at OTE Arena, marks the second round of regular-season action.
Collard (21-9) is on a mission in 2022, after his 2021 campaign ended in a decision loss to eventual champion Raush Manfio. Collard, 29, felt he should have won that fight on the scorecards. He got off to a good start earlier this year, when he beat Jeremy Stephens via unanimous decision.
After one round of regular-season lightweight matchups, former UFC champion Anthony Pettis is in the lead with six points. Manfio holds second place with four points, while Collard, Martinez and Olivier Aubin-Mercier sit in a three-way tie for third with three.
In addition to lightweight, the light heavyweight division will also compete in its second round of matchups. Last year’s champion, Antonio Carlos Jr. (14-5), will appear in the co-main event against Bruce Souto (15-4). Carlos, who is 4-0 since joining the PFL, is leading the pack once again this season, as he scored six points in April with a 29-second submission of Delan Monte.
Former UFC middleweight Omari Akhmedov also scored six points in the opening round.
The full list of second-round matchups includes:
Clay Collard vs. Alexander Martinez, lightweight
Antonio Carlos Jr. vs. Bruce Souto, light heavyweight
Raush Manfio vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier, lightweight
Omari Akhmedov vs. Teodoras Aukstuolis, light heavyweight
Emiliano Sordi vs. Delan Monte, light heavyweight
Marthin Hamlet vs. Josh Silveira, light heavyweight