A submission specialist with raw-but-improving skills, Magalhaes appeared to be entering his prime after stringing together six straight wins including an Armbar of Igor Pokrajac in his return to the UFC after a few years on the regional scene. Magalhaes was then badly outpointed by Phil Davis in April, showing he still had some growing to do, but appeared poised to get back on track with a match-up against 41-year old Anthony Perosh in his native Brazil no less! Fourteen seconds into the fight, Magalhaes was staring up at the lights and Perosh was celebrating a knockout win. Understandably, “Pezao” was released and back fighting on smaller shows.
The sport of MMA is an up-and-down endeavor with competitors typically being defined by their recent runs rather than overall contributions in the cage. A Mixed Martial Artist can be a breakout star one year and looking for employment the next; a potential-laden prospect one year and yesterday’s news the next. It’s a harsh business and, for more than a few fighters, 2013 has been a period of time many would like to forget. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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