When Vinny Magalhaes fight Anthony Perosh tonight at the top of the FX televised prelim card, he will be fighting for his mother.
"When I first won the world tournament, my mom didn't even know about it," said Magalhaes. "I came home and said 'Mom, I won the world tournament!' But she couldn't understand that her son was the best in the world. It wasn't that she didn't believe I could do it. She just didn't understand the proportion of the event.
"Afterwards, I moved to the U.S. and started getting some media coverage. After I won the Abu Dhabi, I got even more media coverage.
"Once I made it to the UFC, she then started to understand it better. About where I was going with my career. And to have her recognize my results and see that all her investment was paying off, was the greatest thing for me. And today, what makes me happiest is not only the help I can give my mom, but the best is to be able to make her proud that her son got somewhere in life."
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