Magalhaes’ long-expected return to the
UFC is now a reality.
Sherdog.com confirmed with a source close to the fighter that the
Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace has signed a new contract with the Las
Vegas-based promotion. Tatame.com
first reported the news, though Sherdog’s source asserted the
Brazilian outlet’s claim that Magalhaes will return in September
Magalhaes, 28, was introduced to UFC fans as a cast member on “The
Ultimate Fighter” Season 8, fighting his way to the finals of the
competition before suffering a technical knockout defeat to
Bader at the live finale. “Pezao” was also defeated in his
sophomore Octagon effort, falling to Eliot
Marshall via unanimous decision at UFC 97.
Since his departure from the UFC, Magalhaes has won seven of eight
fights, capturing the M-1 Global light heavyweight title in April
2011 by submitting Viktor
Nemkov with a topside gogoplata-neck crank at M-1 Challenge 25.
The Brazilian last competed Oct. 14, earning a third-round
technical knockout over Mikhail
Zayats to defend his title at M-1 Challenge 27.
In addition to his accomplishments in MMA, Magalhaes is also
regarded as one of the world's best submission grapplers, winning
gold medals at the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in both 2002 and
2005 and then repeating the trick at the 2007 World Nogi Jiu-Jitsu
Championship. Most recently, Magalhaes also captured gold at the
2011 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, outpointing
fellow black belt Fabricio
Werdum in the finals after escaping a memorably deep armbar
attempt from “Vai Cavalo.”