After taking out Igor Pokrajac in his Octagon return last September, Vinny Magalhaes was successful in landing a bout with Phil Davis like he wanted, but their UFC 159 tilt certainly did go the way “Pezao” planned. Davis cruised to a unanimous decision win over Magalhaes, and as result, the jiu-jitsu star believes his job is on the line at UFC 163. Magalhaes will take on fellow Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Anthony Persosh at the event.
While discussing his upcoming, August 3rd tilt with Fight Magazine, Magalhaes relayed he thinks he’s lucky to still be with the promotion (quote via MMA Mania.com):
“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.”
Magalhaes has worked hard in recent years to round out his MMA game, evidenced by the fact that he went 7-1 after he was released by the UFC in 2009, and won the M-1 Global light-heavyweight belt along the way.
Perosh’s UFC roster spot could also be on the line at UFC 163, as he’s coming off a seven second, knockout loss at the hands of Ryan Jimmo, after winning three straight fights. So, while a loss for either man may not prompt their release, an extremely poor performance just might. It’s definitely an interesting match-up, considering the ground skills of both men.
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