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Vinny Magalhaes Says He Will Retire If He’s Cut from the UFC


Former M-1 Global light heavyweight champ and TUF Season 8 finalist Vinny Magalhaes may retire after losing his most recent match at UFC 163. Magalhaes added  that he deserves to get cut from the organization.

“I have one more fight left in my contract, but we all know that it doesn’t mean much and there’s a chance that I get cut,” Magalhaes said in an interview with MSN. “Before this fight I said I deserved to get cut if I didn’t win. I’m waiting for UFC’s decision, anything can happen, but I really don’t care, man.”

He added that considering the state of the fight game outside of the UFC, if he does end up getting cut, he will likely retire.

“People say that the UFC doesn’t pay much to their fighters, but if you look to the other events it’s even worse,” he said. “So if they cut me, I don’t see why I should keep fighting in other events. I’d rather open my own gym than fight for little money. I stopped fighting in Jiu-Jitsu because of the financial part, so it would make no sense for me to return now. If the UFC doesn’t renew my contract, I’ll stop.”

Vinny Magalhaes made his professional debut in 2006 before participating in The Ultimate Fighter Season 8: Team Nogueira vs Team Mir. He reached the finals, but dropped a TKO loss to Ryan Bader in the first round. He subsequently lost a unanimous decision to Elliot Marshall, and was cut from the UFC.

He moved over to M-1 Global, eventually becoming their light heavyweight champion. Last year, he made his return to the UFC, winning at UFC 152, but dropping his next two: a decision to Phil Davis at UFC 159, and most recently, a KO by Anthony Perosh at UFC 163.

He currently holds an overall MMA record of 18-7.