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Vinny Magalhaes To The UFC

After a long, public contractual dispute, M-1 Global Light Heavyweight Champion Vinny Magalhaes is now not only from his obligations to the promotion, but en route to back to the UFC.

Magalhaes’ first UFC run came behind a successful run on The Ultimate Fighter 8, where “Pezao” was selected to be a member of team Mir. On the show, the jiu jitsu ace took home submission victories over Jules Bruchez and Krzysztof Soszynski to make it to the finals. Unfortunately for Magalhaes, a knockout at the hands of Ryan Bader in the finale was followed by a unanimous decision loss to Elliot Marshall that saw him ousted from the promotion.

The Brazilian has put together a 7-1 run since his 2009 departure, with all seven victories coming by way of stoppage. While no official date has been announced for the Brazilian jiu jitsu champion’s official return, TATAME claims that he is likely slated to return to the octagon on September 1 for UFC 151.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Good pickup here, I jusy cant see many fighters wanting to grapple with this guy.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    good news, guy has awesome bjj

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Vinny has done enough to deserve another run

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  • Screenplaya says:

    Since he claimed on TUF that he had better jiu-jitsu than Big Nog, I think he should be welcomed back to the Octagon by Little Nog. If he wins, rematch him with Bader. If he loses, rematch him with The Polish Experiment.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Glad to see Vinny back, he’s been quite entertaining on forums and Twitter. The sooner they announce a fight, the better.

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  • Dufresne says:

    If he can get his striking and wrestling to even 1/3 the level of his BJJ he can be a serious threat. But if he still has the same striking he had back on TUF he’s going to get mauled by just about anyone that’s above mid-tier. A sick BJJ game is nice, but in a division loaded with wrestlers like Rashad, Jones, Hendo, Bader, and Rampage, he’s going to have to have more in his arsenal in case he can’t get the fight to the ground.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Vinny had obvious holes in his game during his initial UFC stint, but it’s been an ideal scenario since that time… take the opportunity to improve outside the UFC, stay busy (4 fights in 2011), and win (5 straight).

    Often times guys reach the big stage too soon, which ruins some (screwing up their development and/or shattering their psyche). But for others, being cut from the UFC can be a blessing in disguise and hopefully it works out well the 2nd time around for Vinny.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Vinny did an interview recently where he outright said he should not have even been on TUF, let alone in the UFC given his one-dimensional game at the time. I respected him a lot for saying “I got a great opportunity, but it was luck” and then went on to improve himself after getting cut.

    His BJJ is just insane, so I am hoping his improvements are lasting.

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