(Vinny Magalhaes listening carefuly to advice from his corner in between rounds.)
Vinny Magalhaes busted back into the UFC with a strong performance over Igor Pokrajac, subbing the Croation with relative ease on Saturday night. So what’s next for our favorite smack talking jiu jitsu wiz? Perhaps a rematch with Ryan Bader, the guy who knocked him out during the Ultimate Fighter 8 finale? MMA Fight Corner asks him:
“I don’t think it’s fair for me to call him out. He’s one of the top six, or the five, in the division, so it doesn’t make much sense for me to have one win in the UFC against a guy who’s in the top ten and start to call him. Maybe after a couple more wins, that’s a guy that I want to fight for sure.”
“I just texted Joe Silva to give me a fight in December, but I don’t think it’s gonna happen because of 151 that thing that happened because of Jones. I wanted to fight. To be honest with you, Jon Jones has been screwing me over really bad lately,” Vinny said. “He’s taking money out of my pocket and because of what he did with 151, I’m not gonna fight in December.”
“If he can fight, I think Matt Hamill would be the ideal match right now. The fact that he fought on the same card, so he’d have the same amount of time to prepare for a fight and the same amount of rest after a fight so, I think Matt Hamill would be the ideal match. I’d also like to fight the winner of Phil Davis, Wagner Prado.”
Vinny showing he’s both very aware of his current position in the UFC hierarchy but also hungry to climb it quickly. Calling out Matt Hamill is a great way to hop several rungs up on ladder, and notice the jab at Jon Jones in there. Maybe he learned a little something about talking his way into title fights when he was out in Oregon training up Chael Sonnen’s jiu jitsu defense?