After Strained Relationship, M-1 Champ Vinny Magalhaes Declares Free Agency

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BuffaloDave
3/13/12 9:38:23PM
Mar 13, 2012 - Champions generally don't leave their promotions while in the midst of a title reign, but that's exactly the route that Vinny Magalhaes is planning to take. As he tells it, the decision to part ways with M-1 has been a foregone conclusion for months, and the impetus came smack in the middle of his last match.

Last October, Magalhaes was in the midst of successfully defending his light-heavyweight championship against Mikhail Zayats at an M-1 show in Phoenix when his manager Juan Sanchez heard M-1's director of operations Evgeni Kogan openly rooting for and instructing Zayats.

"Once that happens, I don't know how you can trust somebody," Magalhaes told MMA Fighting.

As it turns out, he can't. And so on Tuesday, Magalhaes (9-5-1) declared his free agency, saying he's lived out the terms of his contract. While Sanchez told MMA Fighting that M-1 has a matching period, he doesn't expect them to equal any new deal. There's little doubt he'll be a hot commodity, as the 27-year-old has gone 7-1 since ending his first UFC run in April 2009.

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emfleek
3/14/12 9:58:14AM
Sign him to Strikeforce! The LHW division (well, the entire roster) could use the boost.

Magalhaes vs. Rafael Cavalcante
Magalhaes vs. Gegard Mousasi
Magalhaes vs. Roger Gracie
BuffaloDave
3/14/12 10:13:06AM

Posted by emfleek

Sign him to Strikeforce! The LHW division (well, the entire roster) could use the boost.

Magalhaes vs. Rafael Cavalcante
Magalhaes vs. Gegard Mousasi
Magalhaes vs. Roger Gracie



Would make perfect sense, especially since King Mo is still gone for a while.