2021 PFL Championships: Raush Manfio reflects on gauntlet on the path to the lightweight finals

2021 PFL Championships: Raush Manfio reflects on gauntlet on the path to the lightweight finals

Raush Manfio at the PFL Championships pre-fight presser (picture by Amy Kaplan/FanSided).
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PFL light-weight Raush Manfio assesses his harder journey to the champions after wars with Anthony Pettis and Clay Collard.
Raush Manfio has actually had among the most incredible runs in the PFL this season, making it to the 2021 PFL Finals simply months after contemplating retirement from MMA. But, Manfios unrelenting mindset has actually made him a fight versus Loik Radzhabov for a PFL light-weight champion and a $1 million grand prize.
Manfio was on the edge of retiring from MMA after an up-and-down period with Titan FC, but he changed his mind after a talk with his spouse prior to the PFL season. A re-motivated, rejuvenated Manfio has actually made big wins over light-weight favorites Anthony Pettis and Clay Collard en path to the PFL championships.
Regardless of the tough journey, Manfio feels it made him much better as a person and a professional athlete.
” The fights with Clay Collard and Anthony Pettis made me more powerful emotionally,” Manfio informed FanSideds Amy Kaplan. “That experience gave me assurance that if I lose, its to a fantastic opponent. Now, its a matchup of the 2 best fighters in the finals. I just had two hard fights and Im surprised that Im the underdog entering this fight with [Loik Radzhabov]”.
” This inspires me. For my story, its going to be terrific.”.
Raush Manfio went from near retirement to title competitor.
Manfio has actually showcased his elite striking over his three-fight winning streak in his very first PFL season, mixed in with a strong ground game and takedown defense. He faces a hard test in Radzhabov, a fighter who will challenge Manfios grit and strength, specifically in the later rounds.
Manfio isnt simply enjoying his time in the league, hes growing in it. Hell look to cap off his astonishing season with a PFL light-weight title.

” The battles with Clay Collard and Anthony Pettis made me more powerful mentally,” Manfio told FanSideds Amy Kaplan. “That experience gave me peace of mind that if I lose, its to an excellent opponent. Now, its a match of the 2 best fighters in the finals.