Apr 27, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Phil Davis (red shorts) competes against Vinny Magalhaes (black shorts) during UFC 159 at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion, Vinny Magalhaes (10-7, 1 NC) has signed a 5-fight deal with the Kansas City based promotion, Titan Fighting Championships, and is expected to make his debut in April. First reported by MMAFighting.com.
The former UFC veteran was released from the promotion after suffering back to back losses in his second stint—most recently a 14 second knockout to Anthony Perosh at UFC 163 in August. Magalhaes went 1-4 in the promotion after first competing on The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 as part of Team Mir. His four losses come against Ryan Bader, Elliot Marshall, Phil, Davis, and the previously mentioned Perosh, with his lone win coming against Igor Pokrajac via armbar. Magalhaes is also a former M-1 Global Light Heavyweight champion, defeating Viktor Nemkov to win the title and successfully defending it against Mikhail Zayats.
Vinny had said after his last loss that he would retire if the UFC had cut him, but it seems since the 29 year old has had second thoughts.
Amongst his many accomplishments in BJJ, is a gold medal at the 2011 ADCC Submission Wrestling Championships in the 99+ KG division—defeating Fabricio Werdum in the finals on points.
Vinny Magalhaes is also scheduled to compete at the BJJ event, Metamoris 3 (headlined by Eddie Bravo vs Royler Gracie II, both of whom are instructors of Magalhaes). Against 21 year old Keenan Cornelius, a BJJ Black Belt under Andre Galvao, on March 29th—just a month before he is expected to debut for Titan FC.
Magalhaes is expected to fight on the same April card as recent signings Jeff Curran and Dave Herman—which will air on CBS Sports Network. He also joins a slew of recent UFC veterans signing with Titan FC that include George Sotirpoulos, Pedro Nobre, Mike Ricci, to name a few.