Another night, another swift submission finish for Professional Fight League standout and grappler Vinny Magalhaes. The career jiu-jitsu monster took out opponent Rakim Cleveland in less than two minutes, moving through the playoffs with ease. He is currently ranked third in his light heavyweight division.
The armbar victory marks Magalhaes’ second PFL win over Cleveland, having defeated Rakim last season via kimura also in under two minutes. Look at that grin of satisfaction:
Magalhaes’ current record stands at 19-11-1. The black belt’s BJJ career included and ADCC win in 2011 and the IBJJF’s worlds no-gi gold in 2007 prior to his transition into mixed martial arts. The light heavyweight and heavyweight PFL finals will be announced October 31.
PFL 6 also showcased another name familiar to UFC and grappling fans: Umar Nurmagomedov, cousin of Khabib. The lesser known, currently rising Nurmagomedov, fights at bantamweight, a division PFL does not currently have, and so was featured as part of a “New Fighter Showcase” against Sidemar Honorio. While he failed to submit Honorio, Nurmagomedov demonstrated the family’s aggressive wrestling and striking style, pressuring his way into a unanimous decision win.