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UFC: End of the Road for Magalhaes?

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There were several exciting stoppages at UFC 162, but none more surprising than the 14-second knockout victory for veteran Anthony Perosh. The 41-year old Australian held just a 3-4 record in the octagon heading into his match against Vinny Magalhaes, who had plenty to say about his opponent. In a recent interview with F!ght Magazine, Magalhaes insisted that he belonged in the UFC fighting top-ranked opponents.

“The biggest thing to prove to myself is that I belong with the elite fighters. I should be fighting the elite fighters, which means fighting in the UFC. I just want to fight in the UFC period I don’t care if I’m fighting top-10, top-five opponents. If you’re in the UFC, you’re fighting top fighters and I just want to prove I belong in there. If I lose this fight I deserve to be cut. And I’ll be pretty honest actually, the way I performed in my last fight I could be cut right now. They didn’t have to give me this chance against Anthony Perosh. But the UFC gave me this chance and I want to prove I can be much better than I did last time. But I want to prove to myself that I can be in the UFC and that I belong there.”

Well lose the fight he did, and in emphatic fashion. A crisp right hand from Perosh in the very first striking exchange of the fight sent him crashing down to the canvas. He looked to pull guard, but the solid shots that “The Hippo” followed with were enough to end Vinny’s night quickly. Magalhaes was fighting in his native Brazil for the first time in mixed martial arts, and looked to erase his recent decision loss to Phil Davis from his mind. He appeared devastated as the doctors helped him back to his corner, and in a telling move he placed his gloves down on the mat before leaving the cage. Typically in the martial arts world, this action signifies retirement from competition. If this is truly his last foray into mixed martial arts, he leaves with a 1-4 record in the UFC following his time on “The Ultimate Fighter.”

Based on his grappling credentials, Magalhaes could continue to find success competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions internationally. For now at least, it appears his MMA career, or at least his UFC career, are over.

 

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