Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone as UFC 163 blew the roof off HSBC Arena last Saturday night (Aug. 3, 2013) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Many combatants were left licking their wounds after a wild night of fights, including Lyoto Machida, who
was robbed came up short on the judges scorecards against Phil Davis (video here). And Chan Sung Jung, who -- thanks in part to a shoulder injury -- failed to dethrone Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight champion Jose Aldo (highlights here).
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 runner up looked to right his ship after a self-admitted lackluster performance in his last outing against the aforementioned Davis at UFC 159 when he collided with 40-year-old Anthony Perosh on the "Prelims" under card.
Perosh blasted Magalhaes with a stiff right hand in the opening seconds that rocked the Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace and sent him crashing to the canvas. It was all she wrote from there, as "Hippo" continued an onslaught of strikes that forced the referee to put an end to the punishment.
So what went wrong for the former M-1 Global Light Heavyweight champion?
Well, there's not much to dissect here, Maniacs.
What happened to Magalhaes is exactly what can happen to any mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter on any given day during any given fight at any given moment: He simply got caught. While that is probably one of the worst excuses in all of combat sports, specifically MMA, it holds true here, considering it was the very first strike from Perosh that spelled the beginning of the end for Magalhaes.
He didn't get dominated for three rounds, he didn't get rag dolled from pillar to post ... he just got caught.
And that's not taking anything away from Perosh. He went in there and took care of business like he intended on doing and his consistency and dedication to sticking to the gameplan paid off huge dividends for his career and his bank account.
So who should Magalhaes face next?
Probably no one.
After the fight, Magalhaes reportedly took his gloves off and laid them on the Octagon mat, a symbol -- much like in wrestling -- that many perceive as his retirement from the sport. Weeks prior to the bout, Magalhaes suggested he should be cut if he failed to beat Perosh.
And given his past track record with the promotion -- 1-4 over two stints -- the hammer was most likely about to come down from the UFC front office, again.
If this truly is the end for Magalhaes in MMA, he leaves behind a fighting career that saw him do well outside of the Octagon (9-3-1), but struggle inside of it. While Magalhaes MAY likely not fight again for UFC or in MMA period, the jiu-jitsu black belt can always return to his roots and compete in grappling tournaments where he flourished, holding impressive victories over current top UFC contenders Glover Teixeira and Fabricio Werdum.
Anyone think this is the last we've seen from Magalhaes inside a cage?