In the ongoing saga of "When is Vinny going to be in the UFC?", we finally get a little clarity from Mr. Magalhaes himself. After several months of not fighting, despite holding the M-1 light heavyweight title, numerous pleas to the UFC and Dana White to get him signed, and a plethora of media attention to his current status, Vinny released a public statement via his Twitter, earlier today.
In short, his M-1 contract is up, and the right to exclusive negotiation expired in March. Now, the right to match phase is still in effect, and is valid until July. The young Brazilian has decided to wait out the terms of his champion's clause, so he can be free of any interference from the Russian based organization. From there, he'll be able to entertain serious offers.
Check out the post he made today on his Twitter via the Twitlonger application after the jump.
I'd like to clarify for those who are wondering why I haven't been scheduled to fight or haven't been signed by any promotion yet.
I AM done with my contract obligations with M-1 Global, I am a free agent, that means that I'm free to take offers from any promotion, but since I finished my contract as M-1 Light Heavyweight Champion, I had champions clause on my contract, that gave M-1 Global a 60 days "Right to Exclusive negotiation", which was over in March (When I became free agent). Now I'm under the "right-to-match period" which will be over in couple months.
For those who don't know, that means that whatever offer I get from any other promotion, M-1 Global will have the right to match that same offer, and if they do it, I'm 'obligated' to resign with them. So I have decided to NOT take any offer from any other promotion until the right to match period ends, so I can just walk away from M-1 Global, and take whatever offer I choose to, after that period is over without having to worry about the threats that Evgeni Kogan made to me and my manager by email, which was "to match whatever offer I get just to prove a point" (basically saying that he'd want to keep me under contract just to f**k with me, excuse my language).
So with me not taking any offer, there's no offer for him to match, therefore I just have to wait for the right-to-match period to end, so I can sign with whatever promotion that I want to sign without having to deal with bullshit.
That period ends sometime in July, so if you're wondering when I will be fighting again, I can not give you that answer, but In july I should be signed and scheduled to fight somewhere. As soon as I take an offer AFTER that period ends, I will find that out.
Still the M-1 Challenge Light heavyweight Champion of Russia :)
Magalhaes also made a similar thread on the UG forum, to which another stinging post, directed at M-1 was made:
Looks like the wait isn't quite over yet, but late summer seems to be promising for Vinny. Hopefully, the UFC will have everything lined up where we'll be able to see him fighting shortly after this static period is over. Until then, he will have to remain the Brazilian LHW champ of Russia.
Follow Vinny via his Twitter, @VinnyMMA