IN PICTURES: PFL9 playoffs bring high-stakes MMA action to Long Beach

With a shot at the 2018 Professional Fighters League championship and $1 million top prize, the stakes were high for fighters competing in the PFL9 playoffs at the Long Beach Arena on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Sean O’Connell emerged victorious and is set to fight Vinny Magalhaes for the light heavyweight championship while the lightweight championship is set between Natan Schulte and Rashid Magomedov.

Sean O'Connell defeats Smealinho Rama during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Sean O’Connell defeats Smealinho Rama during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Bozigit Ataev and Vine Magalhaes on the ground during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

A referee watching the fight during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Maxim Grishin and Smealinho Rama after a takedown during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Maxim Grishin and Smealinho Rama stand-up fighting during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Audience members watch the fight during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Chris Wade (L) and Natan Schulte struggle on the ground during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Chris Wade (R) kicks Natan Schulte during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Thiago Tavares (R) and Islam Mamedov stand-up fighting during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Thiago Tavares takes a punch from Rashid Magomedov during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Smealinho Rama defeats Maxim Grishin during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

The audience celebrates during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

 

Maxim Grishin prepares to strike during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Maxim Grishin and Smealinho Rama stand up fighting during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Islam Mamedov ground and pounds Thiago Tavares during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Sean O’Connell (R) and Dan Spohn stand up fighting during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Thiago Tavares takes a punch from Rashid Magomedov during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Smealinho Rama and Sean O’Connell stand up fighting during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Sean O’Connell ground and pounds Smealinho Rama during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Chris Wade (L) and Natan Schulte stand up fighting during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Chris Wade (L) and Natan Schulte stand up fighting during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Chris Wade (L) and Natan Schulte stand up fighting during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Bozigit Ataev and Vine Magalhaes on the ground during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Bozigit Ataev and Vine Magalhaes on the ground during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

 

Chris Wade and Natan Schulte grappling on the ground during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Chris Wade and Natan Schulte grappling on the ground during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Vine Magalhaes gets Bozigit Ataev into an arm bar on the ground during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Sean O’Connell (L) and Dan Spohn stand up fighting during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Thiago Tavares and Islam Mamedov grappling on the ground during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Sean O’Connell (L) and Dan Spohn grappling on the fence during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Thiago Tavares takes a kick from Rashid Magomedov during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Dan Spohn cooling down between rounds during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Sean O’Connell ground and pounds Smealinho Rama during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

A view of the arena during the PFL Quarterfinals and Semifinals Playoffs in Long Beach, Saturday October 13, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

 

 

PFL9 comes to Long Beach Arena Saturday, Oct. 13 as light heavyweight and lightweight fighters duel for a shot at the 2018 PFL championship and $1M top prize

 

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