Vinny Magalhaes is an entertainer. The transplanted Brazilian has all the elements of a showman. He's good looking, a great shit talker and a legitimate Brazilian jiu jitsu ace. His first term with the UFC was not a fruitful one, and following his cut from the organization, he set about proving himself by rattling off a string of wins and gaining the M-1 title (which he hilariously put up for sale on eBay).
During his hot streak, Magalhaes was vocal on social media about getting back to the big show, and after a much publicized contract dispute with M-1, was finally granted a release and brought back into the warm embrace of the UFC. He's had two fights with the company since his return, logging both a win and a loss, and faces another BJJ blackbelt in Anthony Perosh when the two conduct their scheduled meeting at UFC 163 on August 3rd.
The fight will take place in Brazil, and will more than likely give Vinny a hometown advantage, despite his being 'about as popular as Chael Sonnen' in Brazil. There is also some bad blood to add to the mix, in that he feels that Perosh was disrespectful in his call out for this fight, immediately following a loss. It goes without saying that he feels the victory will easily be his.
In a recent interview with Fight! Magazine, Magalhaes goes a step further and says that if he loses, he deserves to be cut. That's a strong statement, but it just goes to show the level of confidence he has in his abilities. Here's a transcription of the quote, courtesy of the folks at MMA Mania:
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.
You can follow Vinny via his Twitter account, @VinnyMMA