The PFL light heavyweight and lightweight tournament finals are set.
Vinny Magalhaes will meet Sean O’Connell at light heavyweight and Rashid Magomedov will square off with Natan Schulte at lightweight on Dec. 31 in the $1 million finals of the inaugural PFL season at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The four fighters punched their tickets to the Big Apple by winning two bouts apiece on Saturday night at PFL 9 in Long Beach, Calif.
Competing in two-round quarterfinals and three-round semis, O’Connell defeated Dan Spohn and Smealinho Rama; Magalhaes earned first-round submissions over Bozigit Ataev and Rakim Cleveland; Magomedov got the best of Will Brooks and Thiago Tavares; and Schulte got past Johnny Case and Chris Wade.
Including his two regular-season victories, Magalhaes (18-9, 1 NC) has won all four PFL bouts in 2018 in less than two minutes apiece. He finished Ataev in the finals with a nasty kimura submission at 1:58, not long after needing just 1:21 to finish Cleveland with the same move.