LAS VEGAS – Daniel Pineda defied the doubters and surged into the PFL featherweight final after claiming back-to-back first-round finishes in the PFL’s second playoff event of the 2019 season at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Pineda (28-13), who went into the playoffs seeded seventh of the eight remaining 145-pounders at the start of the evening, finished Movlid Khaybulaev in just 29 seconds to earn a spot in the semifinals, then submitted Jeremy Kennedy via guillotine choke after four minutes to secure his passage through to the final in New York on New Year’s Eve. Pineda’s latest two finishes extended his remarkable 100 percent finish rate across 28 career wins and booked his place in the featherweight final, where he will face fellow American Lance Palmer at Madison Square Garden. Chatting to reporters, including MMA Junkie, backstage after the event, the 34-year-old was understandably pleased with his performances. Related Ray Sefo hails unfancied stars after PFL lightweight, featherweight playoff finals decided Natan Schulte happy to 'leave no doubt who's best' after winning spot in second straight PFL playoff PFL 2019, Playoffs 2 results: Defending champs Lance Palmer, Natan Schulte advance “It went good, I’m very happy,” he said

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October 18, 2019

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October 18, 2019

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October 18, 2019

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October 18, 2019

PFL 2019, Playoffs 2 results: Defending champs Lance Palmer, Natan Schulte advance

October 18, 2019

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October 17, 2019

Off Guard: ‘Late bloomer’ Ramsey Nijem says he’s ready to book his place in PFL final

October 17, 2019

PFL lightweight champion Natan Schulte plots potential path to 2019 final

October 17, 2019

Off Guard: Andre Harrison keen to set up potential trilogy battle with Lance Palmer in PFL playoffs

October 17, 2019

PFL bans Ali Abdelaziz from events pending resolution of battery case

October 17, 2019

PFL 2019, Playoffs 2 weigh-in results: All fighters make weight

October 16, 2019

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Oct. 15: Is Chris Weidman poised to make the 205 list?

October 16, 2019

PFL 2019, Playoffs 2 predictions: Will two defending champs advance to finals?

October 16, 2019

PFL president Ray Sefo happy with 2019 playoffs in Las Vegas so far, has sights set on city for 2020

October 15, 2019

Off Guard: PFL’s ex-WWE announcer Lilian Garcia ‘fell in love with MMA from the get-go’

October 15, 2019

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October 15, 2019

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October 15, 2019

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October 14, 2019

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October 14, 2019

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October 13, 2019
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