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Vinny Magalhaes in negotiations to join UFC roster

It looks like the odds are increasing as far as the probability of Vinny Magalhaes returning home, at least professionally, after severing ties with M-1 Global in recent weeks. Magalhaes, who vacated M-1’s light heavyweight title to be a free agent, is apparently in talks to rejoin the UFC after a run to the Ultimate Fighter 8 final but prompt departure from the organization afterward.

According to an interview on MMAJunkie Radio, Magalhaes is negotiating with a number of promotions with the UFC being amongst them and “definitely attractive”.

Magalhaes also elaborated on his decision to abandon M-1 Global after one of the company’s chief officials was seen cheering for an opponent, as well as coaching him, saying, “The first thing I said when I heard about it was, ‘I’m never going to fight for these guys again. A few months later, that’s still my thought.”

The 9-5 Magalhaes has won seven of his last eight fights with a decision defeat in the bunch. However, all of his victories involved some form of stoppage including five submissions, a testament to his accomplishments outside of the cage as a high-level BJJ practitioner.


  • Lord Faust says:

    Probably a wise move. Sorry, but M-1 seems about as sketchy as it gets.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    he’s a top top level grappler, and it seems he need that time away from the big leagues to hone his skills towards mma more. good addition, though i believe he fought at MW a few times also, and seemed more effective there

  • Rece Rock says:

    M-1’s loss…

  • MCM says:

    I’m not overly fussed about Vinny. He’s got good finishes against mediocre competition, but that doesn’t usually hack it in the UFC. I honestly feel he get beat by Kingsbury at this point. But since the 205 division is so weak out side of Zuffa, there really is only one way to find out. Bring him over and test him.


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