Submission specialist Vinny Magalhaes has shown a ton of potential throughout his career, returning to the UFC after a five-fight winning streak on the regional scene and securing an Armbar finish of Igor Pokrajac in his first bout back. However, the 29-year old was released after two straight stumbles including an embarrassing 14-second knockout to Anthony Perosh earlier this month and even contemplated retirement based on the defeat.
Despite the setback, “Pezao” has changed his mind where calling it a career was concerned and will face fellow UFC veteran Jeff Monson on November 9 in Hawaii at Global Warrior Challenge 2: USA vs. Brazil. The clash will be contested at heavyweight.
Magalhaes confirmed the match-up with MMAFighting, explaining, “I never really thought of retiring. I made those comments within 24 hours after I had lost a fight, so I was still a little frustrated, and I was being too emotional with my responses. That’s why I haven’t said a thing since.”
The 13-7 Magalhaes has finished every opponent he’s beaten including eight by way of submission, Comparably, Monson is 49-15-1 with 29 tap-outs to his credit and has gone 6-2-1 since falling to Fedor Emelianenko in late 2011.