It looks as though jiu-jitsu star and UFC vet Vinny Magalhaes will finally fight in his native country of Brazil, as Ataque Total.com is reporting that the light-heavyweight will battle Anthony Perosh at UFC 163. The August 3rd is set to take place at Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena.
In addition to the aforementioned report, Magalhaes retweeted a post from SporTV Globo relaying news of the bout. Magalhaes also confirmed via Twitter that he’s fighting August 3rd, and although he didn’t mention Perosh, he stated:
Fighting in Brazil for the 1st time will be interesting.
Yes, yes it will be, considering that Magalhaes not only has helped Chael Sonnen with his jiu-jitsu, but he helped him prepare to fight Brazilian superstar Anderson Silva. In case this “ultimate fighting” stuff is new to you, Sonnen isn’t overly popular in the South American nation.
Magalhaes will be looking to rebound from the unanimous decision loss Phil Davis handed him in April, after he tapped out Igor Pokrajac in September, in what marked his UFC return.
Perosh is coming off a seven second knockout at the hands of Ryan Jimmo last July, yes, it lasted seven seconds, after winning three straight fights by submission or stoppage.
Considering Perosh is a third degree BJJ black belt, and that Magalhaes is one of best jiu-jitsu competitors to transition into MMA, grappling enthusiasts should be stoked to see this bout. Then again, there’s a chance the whole fight could be spent on its feet…
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