(“A humiliating 14-second knockout loss? Nah…I definitely think I’d remember something like that.” / Photo via MMAFighting)
In case you’ve made the mistake of following the strange things Jiu Jitsu world champion and TUF finalist Vinny Magalhaes has said over the course of his career, here’s his latest verbal turn: He’s not retiring, and will fight this fall.
In the past, Vinny challenged Phil Davis and called him a relatively easy fight before backing out of the very matchup he proposed when it was offered to him, and eventually losing to Davis at UFC 159. (For the record, Vinny also predicted that Chael Sonnen was going to submit Jon Jones on that card.)
Following the Davis fight, the Brazilian was matched up with Australian veteran Anthony Perosh at UFC 163 in Brazil. Vinny said that the 41-year-old Perosh “sucks” despite the fact that “The Hippo” had three times as many UFC wins as Magalhaes had at the time. Vinny said that if he were to lose to the Aussie, he should be cut.
Well, he lost. Really fast and really easily. Then, Vinny said he would retire from the sport if he were cut by the UFC. Vinny was cut by the UFC and the world waited for the 29-year-old to keep his word and retire. Well, that’s not happening either, and so, another CagePotato ban has been shamefully defied.
“I never really thought of retiring,” Vinny told MMA Fighting recently. “I made those comments within twenty four hours after I had lost a fight, so I was still a little frustrated, and I was being too emotional with my responses. That’s why I haven’t said a thing since. I needed to clear my mind before starting to speak about my next moves.”
Magalhaes will next fight fellow accomplished submission grappling world champion Jeff Monson November 9th in Hawaii at Global Warrior Challenge 2: USA vs. Brazil. The two will face one another in a heavyweight contest.
Monson, 42, has been fighting professionally since Magalhaes was 13 years old, and will be looking for the 50th win of his career. Monson, like Magalhaes, has lost two straight heading into the November fight, most recently a submission loss to Alexey Olenik. So, we’re not exactly talking about elite-level MMA here. But any event that gives Monson a reason to cut more unintentionally hilarious web-promos is good by us…