Vinny Magalhaes not retiring, fights Monson in Hawaii in Nov

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Vinny Magalhaes entered the UFC on a five-fight win streak, and extended it with an armbar win over gor Pokrajac. However, following a decision loss to Phil Davis and a KO loss to Anthony Perosh in just 14 seconds, Magalhaes was released by the organization.

The 29-year-old ‘Pezão’ (the nickname means large foot) contemplated retirement, and made an announcement of sort to the effect, but has decided instead to keep fighting. Magalhaes will fight Jeff Monson at Global Warrior Challenge 2: USA vs. Brazil on Nov. 9 in Hawaii. The fight will be contested at heavyweight.

“I never really thought of retiring,” Magalhaes told MMA Fighting. “I made those comments within 24 hours after I had lost a fight, so I was still a little frustrated, and I was being too emotional with my responses. That’s why I haven’t said a thing since. I needed to clear my mind before starting to speak about my next moves.”

Monson, 42, has also lost the last two fights.

The 42-year-old Monson has also lost his last two fights in a row, to Magomed Malikov and Alexey Oleinik.