Australian Rob Wilkinson PFL Light Heavyweight Champion

Australian Rob Wilkinson PFL Light Heavyweight Champion

History was made recently, as Australia can proudly claim that they have a new fighting champion in the world of MMA. Rob Wilkinson walked into the PFL tournament at the start of this year as a massive outsider, but he has realized his dream and become a multi-million dollar prize fighter. The triumph undoubtedly received a warm reception in his native country, and he is now proudly among the top Australian sportspeople of 2022. However, you can find out more about the MMA star and his achievement here.

Wilkinson’s PFL Success

Wilkinson finally achieved the dream that he had been fighting for earlier this month, as the Tasmanian MMA star managed to pick up $1 million in prize money after claiming a stoppage victory against Omari Akhmedov in the final of the tournament. The big action in the bout came in the second round of the contest, as the Australian managed to open up his opponent before a ringside doctor called a stop to proceedings before the third round could get underway.

It was nothing less than the Australian deserved, as he was immediately on the front foot from the first bell. During the opening exchanges, he came close to an even early finish, but he narrowly missed with a jumping knee in the final seconds of the first round. However, the relief could be seen across Wilkinson’s face was the decision was made official, as it has put his professional record back on track.

Run To The Final

Wilkinson’s success in the PFL this year was down to more than just one performance, as he needed to see off three previous bouts to make the final showdown. His run to the final got underway in April, but he was far too good for Bruce Souto, defeating his rival by knees and punches in the second round of their contest.

His next bout came two months after that victory, as he came up against Viktor Pesta. However, the result was a similar one, as the Australian once again wasn’t in the mood for wasting any time, as the bout ended in the first round via punches. That victory set up a playoff clash against Delan Monte at PFL 7 in August, and once again, Wilkinson made short work of his rival. This time, he ended the contest in the opening round with a knee strike. His performances this year mean that he has won his previous four fights by KO/TKO, and the future is one against looking bright.


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Wilkinson Prior To PFL

It would be fair to say that Wilkinson’s career was at a bit of a crossroads before the PFL event got underway at the start of this year. The Australian had been mixing between different MMAs competitions for much of the previous six years after his dreams in the UFC went up in smoke. The Aussie made two appearances in the UFC, losing his unbeaten professional record via KO defeat against Siyar Bahadurzada, before later quickly losing for a second time against a young Israel Adesanya.

Following that defeat, Wilkinson moved into kickboxing with great effect, winning on both previous showings against Joe Tullo and Patrick Dittrich. A return to MMA followed in 2019, as he beat Dylan Andrews by submission in the first round at Australian FC 23. He looked back on track in MMA from that point, as he quickly recorded another first-round stoppage against Daniel Almeida at Hex Fight Series 21.

However, he would then try his hand at a different sport in late 2021, as he made his professional boxing debut against Jayden Joseph. His debut would go extremely well, as he scored a TKO/KO stoppage in the fifth round on his professional debut at Havoc at the Hall. But, that does beg the question, what could be next for the popular Australian fighter?

Conclusion

It was a massive night for Wilkinson and his career earlier this month, and there was a sense that his MMA career has now got back to the level that many expected. But, given that he has experienced success in kickboxing and boxing in previous years, it has been teased that he could return to a different discipline after reaching the top of the mountain. Only time will tell what the Aussie will do next, but it certainly looks to be a very popular time to be following Wilkinson’s career, and whatever he decides to do next will be greeted by his Aussie fans from around the world.

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