Australian light heavyweight Anthony Perosh is one of the oldest fighters in the UFC at 40 years old. He's coming off a brutal KO loss to Ryan Jimmo at UFC 149 and a brutal broken toe while preparing for a December fight against Joey Beltran. In a recent interview with Australia's MMA Kanvas, Perosh talked about a potential fight with Vinny Magalhaes:
"Vinny (Magalhaes) was calling me out when he was trying to get into the UFC, he wanted me as his first match, but it didn’t make any sense because I was on a three fight win streak back then," Perosh said.
"But now, it makes sense. He’s coming off a loss, I’m coming off a loss, it makes sense for us to fight. I think it’d be a good match," he continued.
You would think that with an Australian event scheduled for December, Perosh would be eager to fight Vinny in front of a rowdy and boisterous Aussie crowd. Instead, Perosh wants to compete at UFC 163 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Perosh confirmed that he made contact with the UFC and requested the match-up but is yet to hear back with confirmation of the bout.
"There’s a show coming up in Brazil in August, so I’d love to fight him on his home turf. You’d have two BJJ black belts fighting in Brazil," he continued.
That sounds like a good fight to me. Perosh has never been submitted in his MMA career but Magalhaes would be by far the most accomplished grappler he's faced.