With his impressive submission victory over Alihan Magomedov in his first outing with M-1 Global this past December, Brazilian jiu jitsu ace, Vinny “Pezao” Magalhaes, has officially signed a six-fight, two-year contract with the European mixed martial arts promotion, M-1 Global.
“M-1 Global is looking to expand its roster with fighters who are at the top of their game and Vinny is by far one of the best submission experts on the planet. The skills he possesses are unparalleled,” said Evgeni Kogan, Director of Operations for M-1 Global, in a press release from the company. “With the growth that M-1 Global is going through, extending a long-term contract to Magalhaes is the right thing to do for us a promotion. We have expectations that Vinny will become one of the greatest fighters in the world and are proud to have him on board.”
Magalhaes, who competed twice in the UFC with back to back losses against Ryan Bader and Eliot Marshall, has also been instrumental in educating some of Europe’s top prospects and M-1 Global’s upcoming stable of young fighters by leading a training seminar in Saint Petersburg, Russia late last year. Talking about his experience, ‘Pezao’ was quick to point out the determination his pupils possessed. “I’ve trained in Japan, Brazil, the United States and now Russia, one thing that I can say is that the Russian fighters were some of the most intense guys that I have ever been around. It’s clear they don’t have the same resources we have in the U.S.A. but that doesn’t change how tough they can be. Some of those guys were literally training eight hours a day.”
Announcements on Magalhaes’ first bout under his new contract will be released shortly.