Former Ultimate Fighter runner-up Vinny Magalhaes has been working towards a return to the UFC since his release from the promotion in 2009.
Magalhaes has won his last five fights, all of which have come via stoppage. Magalhaes (9-5) will face Igor Pokrajac at UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort later this month, and sees another early night in store for himself.
“I see a submission: first, second maybe third round,” said Magalhaes, in an interview with MMASucka.com. “He is pretty good at standing, but one thing I tell people, ‘No matter how much better the other guy is at striking, he can leave openings to get taken down striking.'”
Magalhaes stepped down from his coaching position at Xtreme Couture after signing back with the UFC, focusing his attention on training himself full-time. Magalhaes was the head Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach at the gym, where he still trains.
“I don’t want to be spending nine hours at the gym training and teaching,” Magalhaes said, “so I’m just going to focus on what I want to do most, which is fighting.”