Following his jaw dropping, 14 second knockout loss to Anthony Perosh at UFC 163, Vinny Magalhaes said he would call it quits on fighting, if the UFC chopped him from its roster. Although that took place, as Magalhaes and others suspected would be the case, “Pezao” has decided to keep competing.
According to a recent report from MMA Fighting.com, not only is Magalhaes going to keep fighting, but he’s already booked a November 9th tilt with Jeff Monson. Crazy. The bout will take place at a Global Warriors Challenge event in Hawaii.
So why did the feared submission guru take a step back from retirement? Magalhaes explained in the aforementioned report that:
“I never really thought of retiring,” he said. “I made those comments within 24 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.”
Really, despite his disappointing loss to Perosh and Phil Davis before that, at the end of the day, Magalhaes is just 29 year’s old and has time to work his way back to the big stage. When the UFC cut him in 2009, plenty of people wrote him off as “just a jiu-jitsu” guy then, and he went on an impressive 8-1 run and also won M-1 Global’s light-heavyweight belt. In addition, Magalhaes did tap out Igor Pokrajac in impressive fashion at UFC 152 last September, so it’s not like he’s had no success in the Octagon thus far.
Now all that said, it will be interesting to see how he does against the 42 year-old Monson, who’s coming off back-to-back losses. If you’re wondering, yes, the fight will be at heavyweight.
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