Vinny Magalhaes has cruised through his first season in the PFL with more ease than anyone else in the six tournament fields.
Magalhaes (18-9) won his two regular-season fights by first-round finish to earn the No. 1 seed in the light heavyweight playoffs. And at PFL 9 this past Saturday, he needed only 80 seconds to submit Rakim Cleveland in the quarterfinals, and a couple hours later just 1:58 to submit Bozigit Ataev in the semifinals.
Both his playoff finishes came by kimura in Long Beach, Calif. None of his four PFL fights have gone longer than 1:58. Magalhaes now is in the playoff final on New Year’s Eve in New York, where he’ll take on Sean O’Connell (20-10) – and the winner will take home $1 million.
But believe it or not, Magalhaes isn’t worried about the money. He wants to be a champion.
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