After dropping a one sided, unanimous decision loss to Phil Davis at UFC 159, Vinny Magalhaes knows he needs to impress at UFC 163, when he takes on Anthony Perosh. In fact, not only does Magalhaes think he’s in need of a solid performance, but he’s certain he’ll receive his walking papers if he loses to the Australian vet on August 3rd.
While speaking to Fight Magazine recently, “Pezao” had this to say about the upcoming bout, and what’s on the line (quote via MMA Mania.com):
“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.”
Prior to facing Davis, Magalhaes (10-6) showcased the awe inspiring jiu-jitsu game he’s famous for, by tapping out Igor Pokrajac with an armbar at UFC 152. The bout marked the first time Magalhaes has competed in the Octagon since 2009, when the the TUF vet lost by UD to Eliot Marshall.
After exiting from the UFC, Magalhaes went 7-1 in his next 8 bouts to lock up another run with the promotion. While he may not be released if he loses to Perosh in a couple of weeks–depending on how the bout goes–it sounds like Magalhaes has the right mindset heading into UFC 163.
The August 3rd card will be hosted by the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, and will feature featherweight champ Jose Aldo vs. Chan Sung Jung in the main event.