After a 4-1 record on the amateur scene, New York native John Caldone comes into his PFL debut with an identical record since turning pro in 2021. The 26-year-old Caldone, whose two finishes so far include a win each via knockout and submission, most recently competed in May, scoring a decision win over Taylor Pierce.
Nathaniel Grimard had a similar run of success as an amateur before he turned pro in 2022. The wrestling specialist enters tonight with a 4-2 professional record, also most recently competing in May, when he defeated Robert Wusstig via unanimous decision.
With both men making their first appearance in the PFL tonight, which featherweight will claim victory in the showcase and earn future opportunities?
Caldone throws a kick, but Grimard grabs it and drives Caldone to the mat. Caldone manages to get back to his feet and is able to get himself off the fence. Combination by Caldone. Caldone lands a left, and Grimard responds with a right. Grimard level changes, but Caldone defends well as the two are pushed to the SmartCage wall. Knee by Caldone in the clinch. The two break off from their grapple war after about 45 seconds. Caldone with a strike, followed by a knee. Front kick by Caldone.
Grimard tries to take Caldone down again, bringing Caldone to the fence again, but Caldone manages to reverse position. Caldone stays in the area and lets his hands go, landing a right hand that drops Grimard! A couple of follow-up shots and that does it!
Solid win for John Caldone in his home state!
John Caldone def. Nathaniel Grimard via first-round TKO (punches, 2:32)