In our first of 2 fights featuring a reigning champion, Antonio Carlos Jr. AKA “Shoeface” welcomes Delan Monte to the PFL SmartCage for the first time. Shoeface looks to keep his momentum going after a 3-0-1 2021 campaign that saw him crowned a champion and wherein he made more money than his entire UFC career. There is also some history between these 2 men, as back in Brazil Monte was actually Shoeface’s Judo instructor and training partner.
We open with both men exchanging jabs, Shoeface perhaps looking to show off his fancy new Muay Thai. Shoeface gets clipped quick but comes back with a hard right hand that stuns Monte and may have put him out cold for a second.
Shoeface takes it to the ground and immediately jumps a D’arce choke and folks, that’s all she wrote! 28-second victory, good for the second-fastest finish in PFL light heavyweight history!
28 Second D'Arce Choke for @caradesapatojr!— PFL (@PFLMMA) April 21, 2022
6 Points and Shoeface is back on TOP of the light heavyweight division standings!#2022PFL1 LIVE on ESPN & ESPN+
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Like a hot knife through butter, Shoeface just made a STATEMENT to every other 205er on the PFL roster. My word.
Antonio Carlos Jr. def. Delan Monte via 1st Round Sub (0:28)