According to various Brazilian media outlets and Vinny Magalhães’ twitter, Magalhães will compete in his native Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the first time ever in his professional MMA career. On August 3, the former M-1 Light Heavyweight champ will take on Australia’s Anthony Perosh at UFC 163 taking place at the HSBC Arena. Ataque Total was first to report the news.
The 28-year-old Magalhães first competed with the organization following his stint on The Ultimate Fighter season 8, but was released after losing two in a row. In his last effort at UFC 159, Magalhães fell short to top-ranked Light Heavyweight Phil Davis. The unanimous decision loss snapped a 6-fight win streak for Magalhães. In his return to the UFC, the highly decorated Brazilian jiu jitsu ace submitted Igor Pokrajac via armbar at UFC 152.
Perosh hasn’t fought since being knocked out by Ryan Jimmo in seven seconds at UFC 149 last July. In his first stint with the UFC, Perosh lost two consecutive fights at Heavyweight. After losing his return fight at Heavyweight at UFC 110, Perosh made the drop to Light Heavyweight and won 3 straight fights.
Headlining UFC 163 is a Featherweight title fight between reigning champ, José Aldo and challenger Anthony Pettis.