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Vinny Magalhaes meeting Jeff Monson at GWC 2: USA vs. Brazil

Vinny Magalhaes meeting Jeff Monson at GWC 2: USA vs. Brazil

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.

  • Screenplaya says:

    Vinny just doesn’t seem to be able to make it happen under the big lights of the big show. Looks like he can make a good living on the smaller shows. I imagine that the minimal coverage those events get probably allows him less time to make an arrogant ass of himself, too.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    I don’t think it has to do with the bright lights as much as it does the overall skills — Vinny is a one-tricky pony, and he’s do damn good at that one skill it’ll carry him to success up to a certain point, but once you reach the top MMA tier that just doesn’t work anymore.


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