If it seems like not too long ago that Vinicius Magalhães was set to win the Ultimate Fighter and start a very successful UFC career, it’s because it practically was. June 10th, 2008 was the date it all went to shit, as Ryan Bader punched Vinny so hard he tried to dive through the mat to save himself. I didn’t even recognize the guy was who dropped a decision to Eliot Marshall at UFC 97, so it’s not that big of a surprise to hear that the UFC has decided to cut Magalhaes from their roster.
It kinda sucks too … not that he was cut but that he showed so much potential but just didn’t live up to it. There was a brief period of time where I thought Magalhaes might represent a new jiu jitsu resurgence in MMA … guys who weren’t just ‘dangerous on the ground’ according to those stupid little graphics the UFC uses. I’m talking about guys that sub you out roughly 20 seconds after you hit the mats.
But now Vinny has flamed out, Shinya Aoki got scrubbed, and Dustin Hazelett is injured until 2010 (the year we make contact). If Demian Maia gets piledriven by Nate Marquardt at UFC 102, I just might have to accept that this jiu jitsu revolution I envisioned exists only in my head.