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UFC: End of the Road for Magalhaes?


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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  • Christopher Quiroga

    Another perfect example that being referred to strictly as a “jiu jitsu guy” in MMA is usually the same as saying “one-dimensional”. He gift-wrapped that one by leaning in towards Perosh’s power hand, basically showing a complete lack of any substantial or even fundamental striking skill. And it’s not like Perosh is an upper echelon fighter. It still surprises me how many fighters at the UFC level completely rely on their one strength without really addressing their obvious manifold weaknesses. As Demian Maia can attest to, that usually doesn’t end well. Unlike Magalhaes though, Maia has greatly improved his striking and overall MMA game. Being a BJJ specialist just doesn’t cut it anymore in high-level MMA. Vinny just isn’t anywhere near being a complete MMA fighter and therefore miles away from the top of the heap. He may want to stick to being a high-level BJJ practitioner. His cranium and its contents will thank him for it later.

    • Excellent points Christopher. Indeed far too many MMA fighters are lopsided in their training. One of the challenges I see is that many fighters in one or another martial art see the allure of MMA and want to be a part of it, so they add a dash of what ever they are missing with some cursory training and assume now they are a complete mixed martial artist. The best possible scenario, in my opinion, is to devote equal attention to training in the individual arts and then devote serious and thoughtful time to combining them in your own way. Along with this rushed approach to entering the MMA world more and more McDojos are starting to offer MMA specific courses, which I believe is essentially being training as a jack of all trades and master at none. In the end, any way you slice it, the time dedicated to balancing skill sets and expertise clearly pay dividends in the ring/octagon. Hopefully more trainers and fighters will take notice of this rushed trend and develop more cogent approaches to training in the arts.

      • Christopher Quiroga

        You raise a good point that the best way to become well rounded is take the time to study each discipline individually with experts, instead of the value-meal McDojo route. This also speaks to the importance of keeping other disciplines like boxing, jiu jitsu, karate, muy thai, and wrestling vibrant and successful at all levels of training and competition. And recent history, such as boxing’s decline in public opinion or wrestling being removed from the Olympics, shows that there is a lot of work to do and greater vigilance needed in the entire martial arts community (among fans, practitioners, professionals and promoters alike) to further these great arts.