As Natan Schulte gears up for one more PFL season, he already has his eyes on one of many sport’s huge names.
Two-time PFL light-weight champion Schulte (20-3), will probably be coming into the 2021 season in opposition to some new however definitely acquainted faces, which embrace a couple of UFC veterans.
Most notable amongst them is former UFC and WEC light-weight champion Anthony Pettis (24-10), whom Schulte hopes to cross paths with, ideally within the $1 million championship combat on the finish of the playoffs.
“I need to combat in opposition to Anthony Pettis as a result of he’s ex-UFC,” Schulte advised MMA Junkie Radio. “He’s a great fighter, a great identify, however I can combat with different guys. Possibly a rematch with Loik (Radzhabov) or different guys. (However) I want to combat within the finals in opposition to Anthony Pettis.”
Schulte’s first take a look at of the 2021 season sees him tackle Marcin Held within the co-main occasion of PFL 2021, Week 1, which takes place April 23. Pettis will tackle Clay Collard in the principle occasion.
Though Schulte has taken on some tough-level competitors throughout his eight-fight profitable streak, he faces a novel problem in Held. The Polish fighter is a leg-lock specialist with finishes by heel hook, kneebar and even a toe maintain.
Having rolled with him on the mats earlier than, Schulte is acquainted with Held and is cautious of the threats he brings to the desk.
“I do know Marcin Held is a tricky opponent,” Schulte stated. “I educated with him in American High Workforce, but it surely was just a little time. He’s a great opponent for my first combat in PFL.
“I want to defend the leg locks in opposition to Marcin Held, however I can put my stress, my putting sport, on this combat.”
Schulte already has gained the PFL title and banked a $1 million prize twice, however the Brazilian grappling ace stated his love of the sport is what retains him coming again for extra.
“My motivation is combating as a result of I like to combat,” he stated. “I combat as a result of I get up each day (and) I like coaching. I like coaching in jiu-jitsu, wrestling, muay Thai. My motivation is rarely for cash – my motivation is as a result of I like to combat.”