PFL 4: Anthony Pettis vs Alexander Martinez- Prediction and Analysis

Published 06/07/2021, 1:03 AM EDT


Former lightweight UFC champion Anthony Pettis is one of many fighters who has left the UFC recently in search of better opportunities in other promotions. ‘Showtime’ became a marquee signing for the Professional Fighters League better known as ‘PFL’. Now, he will look to win PFL gold. 

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‘Showtime’ steps into the PFL cage for the second time as he takes on a newcomer in Alexander Martinez. Ahead of the fight, we inspect the strengths and weaknesses of both men and map out a viable route to victory for both fighters. 

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Can Anthony Pettis bounce back into the win column against Alexander Martinez?

Pettis made his PFL debut this April against Clay Collard. The fight did not go his way as he succumbed to a unanimous decision loss on his debut. However, he went into this fight on the back of a two-match win streak (with victories over the likes of Donald Cerrone and Alex Morono). He will be aiming to get back into the win column against a relatively inexperienced Martinez. 

Martinez, too, made his PFL debut in April, securing a split-decision win over Loik Radzhabov. Now, the 8-0 fighter will be aiming to extend his win streak in the promotion. 

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Pettis is known for his striking. He has secured 46% of his wins via T/KO. ‘Showtime’ does not have one-punch knockout power, rather he puts together combinations to effectively break down his opponent, leaving them defenseless. He will be aiming to do the same against Martinez who has far less experience than him. 

Martinez is not the best striker, however, he is an extremely skilled Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. The Paraguayan, who has secured 50% of his wins via submission, will bank on that against ‘Showtime’. 

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The result will depend a lot on how long Pettis can keep the fight on the feet. He will have to use every bit of his experience and takedown defense abilities to keep the fight on a vertical base. This will give him the best chance to win. 

Prediction:- Anthony Pettis via Decision

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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