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BJJ Legend Retires From MMA


Vinny Magalhaes has retired from MMA competition, following a World Series of Fighting title shot loss to league light heavyweight champion David Branch on October 7.

‘Pezao’ intends to focus on his gym and will continue competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling competitions. However, he found that the rigors of training for a professional MMA fight were incompatible with family life. Magalhaes has a son Vitor. He and his wife Alliny are expecting a second child.

“I want to focus on my gym more, focus on my family, ” he said. “For this last camp I was out from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. Now I want to focus on my family, focus on my gym.

“It’s much easier for me to stop coming off a loss than coming off a win. Especially for the title. If I had won the title, I would probably keep fighting, staying too busy, and I would end up not spending time with my family.”

“I’m done fighting. I will still compete in Jiu-Jitsu, because I don’t have to train as much as you do in MMA. It’s one of those things that takes 80% of my day. When I’m training for a fight, I’m training three times a day. It’s tough.”

Magalhaes is the former Titan FC light heavyweight champion and former M-1 Global light heavyweight champion. He is also a multiple time Jiu-Jitsu and grappling world champion.

A student of BJJ since he was 14, the Royler Gracie black belt got off to a rough start in MMA a decade ago vs. Chris Larkin at Gracie Proving Ground 1 on November 11, 2006 in Columbus, Ohio. The pair fell out of the cage resulting in a No Contest.

Then he lost his next fight, won one, lost the next, and got on TUF 8. There he made the finals losing to future title contender Ryan Bader. Then he lost a decision to Eliot Marshall at UFC 97, and was released.

Magalhaes was 2-4 with one NC. Most people would focus on teaching at that point, but Vinny Magalhaes is a champion. He went 7-1 and was back in the UFC, defeating Igor Pokrajac via armbar at UFC 152 September 22, 2012. He dropped his next two fights in the UFC, to Phil Davis and Anthony Perosh and was released again.

Then he put together another streak, beating four fighters including most recently Jason Brilz, Matt Hamill, and Jake Heun. That got him the title shot, which has ended in retirement. Now a 3rd degree black belt, he will as noted focus on his growing family and students at Carlson Gracie – Cavalcanti Mixed Martial Arts Training Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Aaron Portier
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