Magalhaes is the top-seeded light heavyweight in PFL’s playoffs, which continue at PFL 9 at Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in Long Beach, Calif. The main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on Facebook Watch.
Magalhaes (16-9) takes on Rakim Cleveland (19-10-1), the No. 8 seed, in the opening round. A win would put Magalhaes in the semifinals against the winner of No. 4 Bozigit Ataev vs. No. 5 Emiliano Sordi – on the same night. And two wins in one night means a trip to the final – and a chance at a $1 million paycheck on New Year’s Eve.
Magalhaes said the prospect of fighting twice in one night is new to him in MMA, but not over his decorated grappling career. So he’s trying to bring those similarities to the table for his mental preparation.