Vinny Magalhaes rejoins the UFC
Following a series of suggestive tweets from “The Ultimate Fighter 8” runner-up and recent M-1 champ, MMAjunkie.com confirmed the long-expected signing with sources close to the promotion.
Tatame first reporting the deal, though a reported September fight date hasn’t been confirmed.
Since a 0-2 stint in the UFC, which included a loss to Ryan Bader in the “TUF 8” tournament final and a subsequent defeat to Eliot Marshall, Magalhaes has racked up a 7-1 record. Half the jiu-jitsu specialist’s fights came in M-1, where he won the organization’s 205-pound title before a strained relationship with company officials.
Magalhaes told MMAjunkie.com the relationship soured during an October title defense over Mikhail Zayats. Magalhaes, who won the belt from Viktor Nemkov in his previous bout, and representative Steve Pacitti said an M-1 official, Evgeni Kogan, was openly rooting for and coaching Zayats during the bout. Magalhaes has been on the sidelines ever since while he waited for his M-1 contract’s matching period to fully expire.
Rolles Gracie In Consideration to Face Fedor Emelianenko in Russia
Fedor Emelianenko will next compete in June in his home country of Russia against an as of yet unnamed opponent, but a new contender has entered the fray.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and student of legendary trainer Renzo Gracie, Rolles Gracie is now under consideration for the bout with Emelianenko on June 21 in St. Petersburg.
While there is no deal in place at this time, Gracie is one of the leading candidates to potentially land the spot against the former pound-for-pound king later this year.