14/04/2024

Rob Wilkinson has booked his spot in the PFL Playoffs with a first round finish over Viktor Pesta at PFL 4. Photo: @razorrobwilkinson/Instagram

Australia's Rob Wilkinson has booked his spot in the PFL playoffs, after securing a first-round TKO victory over Viktor Pesta. 'Razor' will now meet Delan Monte in the semi-finals of the playoffs.

Australia’s ‘Razor’ Rob Wilkinson (15-2) has booked his spot in the PFL playoffs after earning a first round TKO victory over Viktor Pesta (18-8) in the final round of the PFL regular season at PFL 4.

Wilkinson needed just over three minutes to dispatch the Czech Republic native, with his boxing proving to be the difference.

From the opening bell, Wilkinson took control of the centre of the cage, pressuring Pesta as he looked to cut angles and set up the right hand. With Pesta needing an early finish to be any chance of making the playoffs, he shot in for a takedown early, but was unable to hold down Wilkinson, who jumped straight back to his feet.

Pesta attempted another takedown shortly after but again was unable to secure it, with Wilkinson able to land a left hand as the two broke from the clinch, stumbling Pesta.

Back on the feet, Wilkinson again started cutting off the cage which paid off when he landed a left hook that wobbled Pesta. He followed this up with a flurry of punches sending the Czech to the canvas.

In desperation, Pesta got back to his feet, but a big right hand sent him back to the mat where Wilkinson followed up with ground and pound, forcing the referee to step in and call the fight.

Despite entering the fight with five points and needing just a win to guarantee his spot in the Playoffs, Wilkinson spoke post-fight that his game plan was to get the job done early.

“I never play it safe, I’m always looking for the finish,” Wilkinson said.

“I wasn’t trying to rush, I knew it would come when it came and I just felt a lot quicker from the get go.”

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While happy to move onto the playoffs, Wilkinson knows he needs to remain focused if he wants to win the belt and million dollar prize money.

“(I’m) one step closer, two fights away from completing my goal for the last 13 years of becoming a World champion,” he added.

“It obviously feels good, but I’m still focused on the rest of the tournament.

“I’ve got two more fights to go and I’ll be getting straight back into training.”

Pre-fight Wilkinson spoke about wanting to secure the number one spot in the playoffs which he did, earning the maximum six points, putting his regular season total to 11.

He will now meet Brazilian Delan Monte (9-2) in the semi-finals, who went one and one during the regular season. Monte lost his first fight to Antonio Carlos Antonio Jr (15-5), but bounced back in his second bout via first-round knockout.

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