Ultimate Fighter Season 8 finalist Vinny Magalhaes has agreed to extend his partnership with M-1 Global after winning three of his last four bouts including a successful appearance last month against Russian Alihan Magomedov at M-1 Challenge 22. His deal includes six bouts under the organization’s banner according to an official press release from the company.
“M-1 Global is looking to expand its roster with fighters who are at the top of their game and Vinny is by far one of the best submission experts on the planet. The skills he possesses are unparalleled,” explained Director of Operations for M-1 Global Evgeni Kogan of the deal. “With the growth that M-1 Global is going through, extending a long-term contract to Magalhaes is the right thing to do for us a promotion. We have expectations that Vinny will become one of the greatest fighters in the world and are proud to have him on board.”
The 26-year old is a renowned BJJ practitioner with numerous wins on the tournament scene and all five of his professional MMA wins coming by way of submission including an armbar of Krzysztof Soszynski to advance to the finals of TUF 8. He subsequently went on to lose two fights in the Octagon, including to season-winner Ryan Bader, before his recent run of success. In addition to his December win for M-1 Magalhaes also tapped out TUF 3 alumnus Mike Nickels.
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