If you think Vinny Magalhaes is "that guy who got knocked out by Ryan Bader" in The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 Finale, then you better ask somebody.
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) black belt is the winner of five straight, finishing all five of his opponents in the process en route to capturing the M-1 Global Light Heavyweight Championship. And in his spare time, he packed on a few pounds to win the 99 kilogram division of the 2011 Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) submission grappling world championships by defeating Fabricio Werdum.
Not too shabby.
Those are the kind of credentials that keep you employed, and Magalhaes' next paying gig will take place in Oregon, where he'll lend his grappling expertise to current UFC middleweight number one contender Chael Sonnen, who unfortunately has a long history of tapping to Brazilians.
That includes a heartbreaking loss he suffered to Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 117 back in 2010, where he brutalized "The Spider" for four-and-a-half rounds prior to getting caught in a fight-ending triangle choke.
Will history repeat itself in their UFC 147 rematch on June 23 in Brazil? Not if Magalhaes, who Renzo Gracie says has the best jiu-jitsu in the heavyweight division, has anything to say about it.
But what about the critics who question his motivation behind training Sonnen, widely perceived as Brazil's number one enemy in all of mixed martial arts (MMA)?
Vinny says, "Shut the F--- Up."
From his official Twitter account:
I do have all these responsibilities, so If you're going to question why I'm going to train with Chael, why don't you just pay me to sit at home and not go to Oregon, I will do that for you without a problem, but if you are not willing to do that, sometimes is just better not give your opinion and shut the fuck up before you get all your facts straight.
Fedor wanted me to go there train with him, when the rumors were that he was going to have a rematch against Fabricio Werdum (A brazilian), did I go to Russia to train with him? No... Why I didn't? Because there was not going to be any pay for my services. I will always put my family in first place, I don't know if that's how you guys think, but with me If my family depends on me, I will do whatever I can to provide them the best I can.
Also, I'm Not sure if it was noticed, but on the title of the thread it clearly says "HIRES", I guess that makes it pretty clear that I'm not going there as a favor. And I guarantee that neither was Chael expecting me to leave my job and family just to help him as a favor.
Nothing personal, just business.
Let's get some feedback here, Maniacs. Sonnen is clearly making every possible effort to correct the mistakes that have plagued him throughout his career and has already proven he's got the juice to hang with Silva across five rounds.
But will it make a difference?
Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II at UFC 147 from the Joao Havelange Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 23, 2012.
Who ya' got?