The new cool way to retire from MMA is to take your gloves off after a fight and leave them in the ring, a neat symbolic gesture for sure but possibly rife for takebacks since you’re not always thinking clearly after up to 15 minutes of getting punched in the head. Most recently jiu jitsu ace / glass jaw joker Vinny Magalhaes left his mitts on the canvas following a 14 second KO loss to Anthony Perosh. But is he really done? Only if the UFC decides he is:
“I have one more fight left in my contract, but we all know that it doesn’t mean much and there’s a chance that I get cut,” said Magalhaes. “Before this fight I said I deserved to get cut if I didn’t win. I’m waiting for UFC’s decision, anything can happen, but I really don’t care, man.”
“People say that the UFC doesn’t pay much to their fighters, but if you look to the other events it’s even worse. So if they cut me, I don’t see why I should keep fighting in other events. I’d rather open my own gym than fight for little money. I stopped fighting in Jiu-Jitsu because of the financial part, so it would make no sense for me to return now. If the UFC doesn’t renew my contract, I’ll stop.”
For all of Magalhaes’ jiu jitsu genius and the brilliance he showed in M-1, he just can’t seem to put things together in the UFC. There’s no shame in losing to Phil Davis, but getting starched by Anthony Perosh is a new low made lower because it seems to confirm the suspicion many have had about his chin since he lost at the TUF 8 finals to Ryan Bader. If he gets let go by the UFC again, I can understand why he wouldn’t want to try and claw his way back up. But if by some miracle Joe Silva recognizes that Magalhaes’ brand of aggro jiu jitsu is worth another chance, I hope Vinny can seize it and turn this bitch around.
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