Australia’s Rob Wilkinson was an outsider as he entered the PFL tournament at the start of the year.
The Tasmanian fighter ended up walking away with the US$1 million dollar prize money as he earned a stoppage over Omari Akhmedov earlier Saturday (AEDT) in the tournament finale.
Wilkinson split his opponent open with a knee in the second round and the ringside doctor ended the contest between rounds.
Prior he was on the front foot, walking Akhmdov down with precise shots, and came close with a fight finishing jumping knee at the end of the first round.
It’s a big redemption for the 30-year-old whose career was on tenterhooks after going 0-2 in his two UFC appearances. He was released in 2018 and ultimately ended up back on the local scene struggling to find match-ups.
Wilkinson moves his record to 17-2.
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