Although we feel like we didn’t really get to know Vinny Magalhaes that well during his run on TUF 8 that took him all the way to the show’s finals, watching how he’s responded to his whole M-1 contract debacle has only endeared us to the guy all the more.
If you’re not familiar with the story, we’ll give you the gist: After winning the M-1 Light Heavyweight title back in October of 2011, Magalhaes got fed up with the promotion after they failed to offer him a single title defense under his contract, opting to attempt and resign him under a new one instead. M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan began a “he said/she said” contract dispute with Magalhaes that left the ADCC champion on the shelf for the rest of 2011 and all of 2012 to this point. After finally being told that he has been released from his contract, Vinny decided to put his belt up for sale on Ebay, figuring that it would at least sell for the 20 dollars worth of scrap metal it was composed of.
The bidding officially began on May 13th, and at a steal of just nine cents. It now stands at 14,600 dollars.
What. The. Shit.
We have no idea what kind of person spends that kind of money on that kind of belt, so we’ve decided to come up with a few of the most likely options:
1. Dana White is buying the belt so he can place it next to the contract the UFC offered Fedor and a NEW contract for Vinny Magalhaes. He will then vlog himself setting fire to all three and pissing on the remains to put out the flames.
2. Chael Sonnen is buying the belt because he has been banned from Wal-Mart ever since ordering Mike Duke’s wife to build him some patio furniture, and the plastic on his current belt is starting to crack.
3. Tim Sylvia is buying the belt, along with one of Jake Shields’ EliteXC belts and the vacant DREAM heavyweight belt to try and convince Dana White that he is now a multi-promotional, multi-divisional champion, and finally deserves a shot in the UFC.
4. Unbeknownst to Vinny, the belt contains a microscopic map etched in crystal that will lead one to the lost city of Atlantis. Indiana Jones and a rambunctious group of Nazi’s are currently engaged in a bidding war that will determine the very future of mankind.
Feel free to add to the growing list of conspiracy theories in the comments section.