Vinny Magalhães

Vinicius "Vinny" de Magalhães (Portuguese pronunciation: [maɡaˈʎɐ̃js]; born July 2, 1984),[1] is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the Light heavyweight division. A professional competitor since 2006, he was a finalist in The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir and has fought five times within two stints with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is the former Titan FC Light heavyweight Champion, M-1 Global Light heavyweight Champion and is also a former jiu-jitsu no-gi world champion and ADCC champion. Magalhães also competed in the light heavyweight division of the Professional Fighters League.

Vinny Magalhães
Vinny Magalhaes (Yellow trunks) vs Jamie Abdallah (Black Trunks) battling in their PFL MMA Debut.
BornVinicius de Magalhães
(1984-07-02) July 2, 1984 (age 37)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other namesPezão
ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight204.2 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)
DivisionLight heavyweight (205 lb)
Reach79 in (201 cm)
Fighting out ofLas Vegas, Nevada, United States
TeamXtreme Couture
Vinny Magalhães BJJ
Teacher(s)Royler Gracie, Vinicius Aieta, Eddie Bravo, Mark Beecher (Muay Thai)
Rank  3rd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  Black Belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2006-present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission15
By decision1
By knockout5
By submission1
By decision6
No contests2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Magalhães was born and raised in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. He played football, beach volleyball and began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu when he was 14 years old. His mentors are Royler Gracie & Vini Aieta [2]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Grappling careerEdit

Magalhães was promoted to black belt by his instructors Vinicius Aieta and Royler Gracie, on the podium after winning thirteen matches (ten by submissions), and taking home two gold medals in the 2005 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship as a brown belt.[3] Magalhães has recently expressed that he's been training in different grappling styles such as sambo (primarily leg locks) and catch wrestling. He is also known, despite his background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as being one of the primary pioneers (along with Shinya Aoki and others) of 10th planet jiu-jitsu techniques in MMA.

In 2007, Magalhães would become the first Jiu-Jitsu No Gi world champion in the Super Heavyweight Division as a black belt.[4]

In 2009, Magalhães had an impressive performance in the most prestigious Grappling Tournament in the World, the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, winning 2 Bronze Medals (Under 99 kg Division and Absolute Division). On his way to win the bronze medal in his weight Division, Magalhães defeated BJJ World Champion Rodrigo Cavaca (1st Round, Inverted Heel Hook),the 2003 ADCC World Champion and 2x BJJ Absolute World Champion Marcio Cruz(Quarter-Finals, Flying Armbar), ADCC Brazil Trial Winner and Fellow MMA fighter Glover Teixeira (3rd Place Match, Armbar) and Losing a razor edge decision on points to the eventual Champion Xande Ribeiro (Semi-Final, Points). On his run for his second bronze medal, Magalhães beat the 2005 ADCC Absolute World Champion Dean Lister by judges' decision, moving on to the quarterfinals against the 2X NCAA Wrestler and MMA Prospect[5] Chris Weidman, who he beat by Flying Armbar (His second in the Competition), which put him in the Semi-Final against Braulio Estima, who beat Magalhães by points, and became the eventual Absolute Champion. In the 3rd Place match, Magalhães used his experience against Gunnar Nelson to score a Takedown in the last few seconds of the over time to guarantee his second bronze medal in his first ADCC.[6]

In 2011, Magalhães went up weight class in the ADCC Tournament, competing at the 99 kg and over division. He became the divisional winner, beating the reigning champion Fabrício Werdum by points in the final match.

At the 2015 ADCC Tournament, Magalhães won the bronze medal in the 99 kg and over division. All his wins came by submission, including a twister against Rodrigo Artilheiro in the quarterfinals..

Vinny Magalhães
Medal record
Representing   Brazil
Abu Dhabi Combat Club
  2015 São Paulo,  +99kg
  2011 Nottingham,  +99kg
  2009 Barcelona,  Absolute
  2009 Barcelona,  -99kg
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (No Gi)
  2007 Los Angeles,  -97.8kg
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Gi)
  2007 Long Beach,  +100.5kg

The Ultimate FighterEdit

Magalhães defeated Lance Evans, brother of Rashad Evans, when Evans quit after the first round due to a rib injury. Magalhães then defeated Jules Bruchez by armbar in the first round to move to the semifinals. Magalhães then fought Krzysztof Soszynski and defeated him by armbar in the first round, thus moving on to the finals to face Ryan Bader.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Magalhães lost via first round TKO in his UFC debut in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir against former castmate Ryan Bader at The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale.

Magalhães' next fight was at UFC 97, taking on former The Ultimate Fighter castmate Eliot Marshall. Magalhães lost a unanimous decision (30-27, 30–27, 29-28).

Magalhães was released from the UFC on April 29, 2009 due to his 0–2 record with the company.[7]

M-1 GlobalEdit

After being released from the UFC, Magalhães went 7–1, winning five fights by submission and two by knockout while dropping one by decision, improving his overall record to 9-5 (1).

Magalhães scored an mounted gogoplata submission victory over Viktor Nemkov to become the M-1 Global Light heavyweight Champion. He then went on to defend the light heavyweight championship with a third-round TKO victory over Mikhail Zayats.

After a contract dispute with M-1 Global, Magalhães placed his belt for sale on with a bid of over US$90,000.

Return to UFCEdit

On July 17, 2012 it was announced that Magalhães had re-signed with the UFC.[8] He faced Igor Pokrajac on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152.[9] and won via armbar at 1:14 of the 2nd round.

Magalhães faced Phil Davis on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159.[10] losing in a unanimous decision.

Magalhães faced Anthony Perosh on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163. He lost by knockout in just fourteen seconds in round 1.[11] After this loss, he was released from the UFC again.

Independent promotionsEdit

Magalhães denied any talks of retirement and was expected to fight Jeff Monson in a heavyweight bout on November 9, 2013 at Global Warrior Challenge 2: USA vs Brazil.[12] However, Magalhães pulled out of the fight due to a prolonged back injury.

Magalhães defeated previously unbeaten Mexican fighter Jorge Gonzalez at Xtreme Kombat 24 via first round rear naked choke on July 19, 2014 in Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico; After almost a full year absence from fighting.

Titan Fighting ChampionshipsEdit

Magalhães was expected to take on Jason Brilz in the main event of Titan FC 28.[13] However, he was forced out due to injury and replaced by Raphael Davis.[14]

The championship fight with Brilz was re-booked and took place on September 26, 2014 at Titan FC 30 in Cedar Park, Texas, Magalhães defeated Brilz in the opening minute of the 4th round via guillotine choke after dropping Brilz with a headkick. Magalhães is now the TitanFC light heavyweight champion.[15]

World Series of FightingEdit

Magalhães was scheduled to face UFC veteran Matt Hamill at WSOF 20 on April 10, 2015. However, he was pulled from the bout after a contract dispute with Titan Fighting Championships. He eventually faced Hamill at WSOF 24 held on October 17, 2015 and won via submission in the first round.

Magalhães fought for the WSOF light heavyweight championship at WSOF 33 on October 7, 2016 against champion David Branch.[16] He lost via unanimous decision.

Absolute Championship BerkutEdit

Magalhães faced Karol Celinski on July 1, 2017 at ACB 63.[17] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Grappling eventsEdit

On August 9, 2014, Magalhães fought Keenan Cornelius in a grappling match in Metamoris IV. The fight ended in a draw. On November 22, 2014, Magalhães again fought at Metamoris V against Matheus Diniz that also ended in a draw.

Professional Fighters LeagueEdit

2018 PFL seasonEdit

In his PFL debut, Vinny faced Jamie Abdallah at PFL 2 on June 21, 2018. He won the bout via first round rear-naked choke.[18]

In his sophomore performance, Vinny faced Brandon Halsey at PFL 5 on August 2, 2018. He won the bout after connecting with a head kick in the first round and finishing Halsey on the ground.[19]

In the quarterfinals on October 13, 2018 at PFL 9, Vinny faced Rakim Cleveland, winning the bout via first round kimura.[20]

In the semifinals on the same night at PFL 9, Vinny faced Bazigit Atajev, winning via first round kimura once again.[20]

In the finals, Vinny faced Sean O'Connell at PFL 11 on December 31, 2018. He lost the back-and-forth fight via TKO between the third and fourth round after Vinny Magalhães stopped the bout.[21]

2019 PFL seasonEdit

In the first fight of the season, Vinny faced eventual season winner Emiliano Sordi at PFL 3 on June 6, 2019. He lost the bout via TKO in the second round.[22]

In a rematch of the previous season, he faced Rakim Cleveland at PFL 6 on August 8, 2019. He won the bout via first round armbar.[23]

Making it to the quarterfinals, Vinny faced Rashid Yusupov at PFL 9 on October 31, 2019. He lost the bout in the first round after being knocked unconscious.[24]

2021 PFL seasonEdit

At the beginning of April, Vinny replaced Smealinho Rama for the whole 2021 season.[25] He was scheduled to face Jordan Young at PFL 2 on April 29, 2021.[26] At weigh-ins, Vinny missed weight and had to be taken to the hospital due to complications of his weight cut and was pulled from the bout.[27]

Vinny faced Antônio Carlos Júnior at PFL 5 on June 17, 2021.[28] Halfway through round one, Júnior hit Magalhães with an accidental knee to the groin, rendering him unable to continue. This led to the bout being declared a no contest.[29]

Personal lifeEdit

Magalhães had his first child, a son named Vitor in November 2010, and Nicole in 2014. He is married to Alliny Magalhaes.[30][31] Vinny is half-brother of the singer Sidney Magal. He is supporter of the Brazilian club Botafogo.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit


  • ADCC Submission Wrestling Championship
    • 2015 Bronze Medal in the 99+ Division
    • 2011 Gold Medal in the 99+ Division[32]
    • 2009 Bronze Medal in the -99 kg Division[32]
    • 2009 Bronze Medal in the Absolute Division[32]
  • World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundials)
    • 2007 1st place in the "Super Heavyweight" division[33]
    • 2007 3rd place in the "SuperSuper Heavyweight" division[34]
    • 2005 1st place the Absolute division[35]
    • 2005 1st place in the Super Heavyweight division[35]
    • 2003 3rd place in the Absolute division[36]
    • 2002 1st place the Heavyweight division[37]
    • 2001 2nd place in the Absolute division[38]
    • 2000 3rd place in the Middleweight division[39]

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
33 matches 19 wins 12 losses
By knockout 3 5
By submission 15 1
By decision 1 6
No contests 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
NC 19–12 (2) Antônio Carlos Júnior No Contest (accidental knee to groin) PFL 5 June 17, 2021 1 2:45 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Accidental groin strike rendered Magalhães unable to continue.
Loss 19–12 (1) Rashid Yusupov KO (punches) PFL 9 October 31, 2019 1 2:46 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 2019 PFL Light Heavyweight Quarterfinal bout.
Win 19–11 (1) Rakim Cleveland Submission (armbar) PFL 6 August 8, 2019 1 1:56 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 18–11 (1) Emiliano Sordi TKO (punches) PFL 3 June 6, 2019 2 2:45 Uniondale, New York, United States
Loss 18–10 (1) Sean O'Connell TKO (corner stoppage) PFL 11 December 31, 2018 3 5:00 New York City, New York, United States For the 2018 PFL Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 18–9 (1) Bazigit Atajev Submission (kimura) PFL 9 October 13, 2018 1 1:58 Long Beach, California, United States 2018 PFL Light heavyweight Semifinal bout.
Win 17–9 (1) Rakim Cleveland Submission (kimura) 1 1:20 2018 PFL Light heavyweight Quarterfinal bout.
Win 16–9 (1) Brandon Halsey TKO (head kick and punches) PFL 5 August 2, 2018 1 1:34 Uniondale, New York, United States
Win 15–9 (1) Jamie Abdallah Submission (rear-naked choke) PFL 2 June 21, 2018 1 1:37 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 14–9 (1) Karol Celinski Decision (unanimous) ACB 63 July 1, 2017 3 5:00 Gdańsk, Poland
Loss 14–8 (1) David Branch Decision (unanimous) WSOF 33 October 7, 2016 5 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States For the WSOF Light heavyweight Championship.
Win 14–7 (1) Jake Heun Decision (unanimous) WSOF 30 April 2, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–7 (1) Matt Hamill Submission (kneebar) WSOF 24 October 17, 2015 1 1:08 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win 12–7 (1) Jason Brilz Submission (guillotine choke) Titan FC 30 September 26, 2014 4 0:36 Cedar Park, Texas, United States Won Titan FC Light heavyweight Championship.
Win 11–7 (1) Jorge Gonzalez Submission (rear-naked choke) Xtreme Kombat 24 July 19, 2014 1 3:12 Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico
Loss 10–7 (1) Anthony Perosh KO (punches) UFC 163 August 3, 2013 1 0:14 Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 10–6 (1) Phil Davis Decision (unanimous) UFC 159 April 27, 2013 3 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 10–5 (1) Igor Pokrajac Submission (armbar) UFC 152 September 22, 2012 2 1:14 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 9–5 (1) Mikhail Zayats TKO (head kick and punches) M-1 Challenge 27: Magalhaes vs. Zayats October 14, 2011 3 1:13 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Defended M-1 Global Light heavyweight Championship
Win 8–5 (1) Viktor Nemkov Submission (gogoplata neck crank) M-1 Challenge 25: Zavurov vs. Enomoto April 28, 2011 3 1:40 St. Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast, Russia Won M-1 Global Light heavyweight Championship
Win 7–5 (1) Jake Doerr TKO (punches) M-1 Challenge 24: Damkovsky vs. Figueroa March 25, 2011 1 1:47 Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Win 6–5 (1) Robert Scott Submission (armbar) MMA Xplosion: International Team Challenge January 29, 2011 2 3:51 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–5 (1) Alikhan Magomedov Submission (triangle armbar) M-1 Challenge 22: Narkun vs. Vasilevsky December 10, 2010 2 1:10 Moscow, Moscow Oblast, Russia
Loss 4–5 (1) Pedro Galiza Decision (unanimous) Shark Fights 9: Phillips vs Evans March 20, 2010 3 5:00 Amarillo, Texas, United States
Win 4–4 (1) Mike Nickels Submission (armbar) ROF 36: Demolition December 4, 2009 1 1:19 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 3–4 (1) Chris Davis Submission (triangle choke) CFP: The Carolina Crown 2 October 24, 2009 1 1:13 Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Loss 2–4 (1) Eliot Marshall Decision (unanimous) UFC 97 April 18, 2009 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 2–3 (1) Ryan Bader TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs Team Mir Finale December 13, 2008 1 2:18 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs Team Mir Light heavyweight tournament final.
Loss 2–2 (1) Raphael Davis Submission (punches) Valor Fighting: Fight Night March 7, 2008 2 3:03 Tustin, California, United States
Win 2–1 (1) Luis Ojeda Submission (armbar) MMAX 18: Going Home January 26, 2008 1 0:19 Tijuana, Mexico
Win 1–1 (1) Adolfo de la Torre Submission (armbar) MMA Xtreme 15 November 16, 2007 1 0:21 Mexico City, Mexico
Loss 0–1 (1) George Bush Decision (unanimous) GFC: Evolution May 19, 2007 3 5:00 Columbus, Ohio, United States
NC 0–0 (1) Chris Larkin No Contest Gracie Proving Ground 1 November 11, 2006 N/A N/A Columbus, Ohio, United States Fighters fell out of the cage
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3–0 Krzysztof Soszynski Submission (armbar) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir December 3, 2008 (airdate) 1 3:45 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 8 Semifinal round
Win 2–0 Jules Bruchez Submission (armbar) October 29, 2008 (airdate) 1 3:25 TUF 8 Quarterfinal round
Win 1–0 Lance Evans TKO (rib injury) September 17, 2008 (airdate) 1 0:34 TUF 8 Elimination round

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