After winning his opening round bout back in April, Australia’s Rob Wilkinson has put himself in a good position for a playoff spot in the PFL light-heavyweight division and he will be looking to secure a passage to the next round when he faces Viktor Pesta this Saturday, Australian time.
PFL runs a league and playoff format with the top point scorers after the opening two fights, progressing to the playoffs where they will be two fights away from a US$1 million purse.
Wilkinson looked impressive in his debut where he secured a second-round stoppage to earn 5 points against Bruce Souto.
League points are scored not only for wins, but also for the method of victory and round of victory, so getting a finish is important to earn enough points to qualify for the play-offs.
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Omari Akhmedov and Antonio Carlos Junior are at the top of the standings on 6 points, shortly followed by Rob Wilkinson and Cory Hendricks on 5 points each.
Since his early UFC release 2018, Wilkinson has bounced back on the local scene where he has taken out Dylan Andrews and Daniel Almeida in MMA fights, while also mixing it up with boxing and kickboxing bouts.
His opponent this Saturday, Viktor Pesta from the Czech Republic, will need a stoppage to stand any chance of progressing after he was knocked out in his opening bout by Omari Akhmedov.
The card will be headlined by a lightweight bout between Clay Collard and Alex Martinez.
How to watch PFL 2022 in Australia?
Stan Sports signed an official multi-year deal in February to become the official Australian PFL broadcaster. The partnership will include exclusive content as well as archive footage from the 2019-2021 seasons.
For current customers of Stan, the add-on sports package is available for $10 a month on top. New Stan and Stan Sport customers can start their free trial now by visiting the above link.
A subscription will give you access to all the PFL events for your subscription period.
What time does the broadcast start in Australia?
Thursday’s event will commence at 9am AEST with Wilkinson early on the card, expected to fight at around 10am AEST. We recommence tuning in early so as not to miss Wilkinson’s fight.
- Clay Collard vs. Alex Martinez – Lightweight
- Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Bruce Souto – Light-heavyweight
- Raush Manfio vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier – Lightweight
- Jeremy Stephens vs. Myles Price – Lightweight
- Omari Akhmedov vs. Teodoras Aukstuolis – Light-heavyweight
- Natan Schulte vs. Marcin Held – Lightweight
- Emiliano Sordi vs. Delon Monte – Light-heavyweight
- Rob Wilkinson vs. Viktor Pesta – Light-heavyweight
- Marthin Hamlet vs. Josh Silveira – Light-heavyweight
- Bruno Miranda vs. Nate Jennerman – Lightweight
*Last Updated: 20 April 2022