There has been much talk surrounding former UFC fighter Vinny Magalhaes having won five consecutive fights and a possible return to the Octagon. Magalhaes last fought for M-1 Global where he won the promotions light heavyweight championship and made one title defense over six months ago.
“You’re only as good as your last success.” Such words can be applied to just about anything in life, especially Mixed Martial Arts. The ultimate goal for most, if not all, aspiring MMA fighters is to earn a spot on the grandest stage of them all, The UFC. However, making the UFC roster does not guarantee you will stay there forever. When it comes to the fight game, if you don’t win you could find yourself in the unemployment line.
Former TUF season 8 runner-up and current M-1 Global Light Heavyweight champion Vinny Magalhaes was dismissed from the UFC before he could prove that he had great potential. The multiple World Jiu Jitsu Champion and ADCC gold medalist has gone 7-1 since his departure from the UFC and acquired the M-1 Global light heavyweight title in his 4 fight run with the Russian organization. Unfortunately the honeymoon with M-1 Global has ended and Magalhaes has been attempting to wait out his employers, so he can get out of his contract, and continue his career under a new banner.
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Reigning M-1 Global heavyweight champion and prospect, Guram Gugenishvili has suffered a training injury to his elbow and arm, forcing him to withdraw from his title defense at M-1 Challenge 27 on October 14th. Maxim Grishin (11-5) has stepped up to face Kenny Garner (7-3) in the night’s main event which has been made an Interim Title bout.
In a state loaded with some of the highest MMA PPV buys per capita, M-1 Global and Showtime have recently announced their new event will be headlined in Phoenix Arizona. Three title holders for the organization will be fighting and it promises to be another exciting night of fights against the ropes. Five fights have made the main card with a mixture of heavyweight stars from around the world, a T.U.F. runner-up, and 170 and 185 pound prospects that have been creating waves nationwide.
M1 Global made their Showtime debut Friday night to an excited crowd in Norfolk, VA and it was an impressive night of action, with two outstanding title fight clashes. If this is the level of competition we can expect from M1 Global, expect the promotion to find a warm welcome stateside.
A first degree black belt in BJJ, Magalhães lost his second UFC bout against fellow TUF 8 contestant Eliot Marshall and was subsequently released from the promotion