HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Marthin Hamlet envisioned himself being in the 2021 PFL light heavyweight final, but perhaps not in the way he got it done.

The Norwegian fighter earned a shot at winning $1 million and the 2021 PFL light heavyweight belt by stopping Brazil’s Cezar Ferreira in the main card of Friday’s 2021 PFL Playoffs 3. Hamlet (8-2) stopped Ferreira 13 seconds into their bout, winning via TKO.

The 2021 PFL Playoffs 3 took place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The main card aired on ESPN2 and ESPN+ with the prelims exclusively on ESPN+.

Hamlet’s victory was odd, as Ferreira collapsed in pain seconds into the fight, prior to Hamlet ground-and-pounding his way into the final. After throwing a kick, Ferreira grabbed his plant leg and fell to the canvas screaming.

Hamlet was confused, almost to the point of disbelief.

“I gave him the kick, he gave me a kick back, and then I saw he was lying down screaming and it doesn’t feel real, it doesn’t feel real,” Hamlet told MMA Junkie. “So I followed up with punches, and he screamed, ‘Just stop, just stop.’ I was like, ‘Is this real? I’m in the final?’ So yeah, it is what it is.”

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Video: Watch the 2021 PFL Playoffs 3 post-fight press conference

Watch Hamlet in the video above talk about his win over Ferreira, his final bout against Antonio Carlos Junior on Oct. 27, and more.


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