Rob ‘Razor’ Wilkinson is just one win away from a $1.5 million payday.
The Tasmanian MMA star will be among those fighting in the PFL World Championship finale on Saturday (AEDT) at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Wilkinson will face Russian Omari Akhmedov, with each having three PFL wins this year.
Watch the 2022 PFL World Championship featuring Rob Wilkinson and Kayla Harrison on November 26, streaming ad-free, live and exclusive on Stan Sport
With an 8cm height advantage and 23cm reach advantage, the Australian goes into the light heavyweight title decider as the favourite.
But Akhmedov has been a force to be reckoned with in 2022, having put two opponents to sleep via knockout and submission.
Since losing to Israel Adesanya in 2018, Wilkinson has gone on a streak of five straight wins.
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Wilkinson is touted as a striker while Akhmedov may look to wrestle his way to the win.
“I’m very excited for this fight,” Wilkinson told Stan Sport.
“Akhmedov is a good grappler, he’s got decent striking, but I think my boxing is going to be too strong for him and I’m going to get the knockout early.
“The title fight has got a little bit more on the line. It’s a world title, it’s a championship, so there’s a little bit more pressure, but I like that pressure.
“It pushes you to train a little bit harder every day.”
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As for the $1.5 million prize, Wilkinson said he’s got a couple of ideas as to what he might do with the money should he win.
“It would mean the world to win the title,” he said.
“It’s been one of my goals for about 10 years now. The money is just a huge bonus, but it’s a very good bonus as well.
“I’m going to be looking to invest in some property or a house for me.”
WHEN IS THE PFL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINALE?
Saturday, November 26 AEDT
HOW CAN I WATCH PFL?
Coverage will be shown live, ad-free and exclusively on Stan Sport with the undercard getting underway at 9am AEDT. The championship fight between Rob Wilkinson and Omari Akhmedov is scheduled for 12pm.
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WHAT IS AT STAKE?
Each championship fight, of which there are six in total, is worth $1.5 million apiece.
WHERE IS THE FIGHT?
Madison Square Garden, New York.
WHO IS THE HEADLINE ACT?
The undefeated American Kayla Harrison with a 15-0 record in MMA faces Brazilian Larissa Pacheco.
WHAT HAPPENED IN HARRISON VS PACHECO PREVIOUSLY?
The pair have fought twice before, with Harrison winning on both occasions by unanimous decision.
Pacheco’s record is currently 18-4 with a five fight streak of wins. It will be only Pacheco’s second championship title fight.
Kayla Harrison (15-0-0) vs (Larissa Pacheco (18-4-0) – women’s lightweight title
Brendan Loughnane (24-4-0) vs Bubba Jenkins (19-5-0) – men’s featherweight title
Ante Delija (22-5-0) vs Matheus Scheffel (17-8-0) – men’s heavyweight title
Aspen Ladd (9-3-0) vs Julia Budd (16-4-0) – women’s featherweight showcase
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (16-5-0) vs Stevie Ray (25-10-0) – men’s lightweight title
Sadibou Sy (12-6-2) vs Dilano Taylor (10-2-0) – men’s welterweight title
Robert Wilkinson (16-2-0) vs Omari Akhmedov (24-7-1) – men’s light heavyweight title
Sheymon Moraes (14-6-0) vs Marlon Moraes (23-10-1) – men’s featherweight
Natan Schulte (22-5-1) vs Jeremy Stephens (29-20-0) – men’s lightweight
Magomed Magomedkerimov (29-6-0) vs Gleison Tibau (37-16-0) – men’s catchweight
Dakota Ditcheva (6-0-0) vs Katherine Corogenes (3-0-0) – women’s flyweight
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