Vinny Magalhaes knows what it feels like to be in the UFC – and have that dream taken away.
After making it to the finals of The Ultimate Fighter, Magalhaes was released following a pair of losses. Now, back for a second go-round, the Brazilian will face Anthony Perosh in August at UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie.
A loss, however, would put his UFC record at 1-4 overall and 1-2 since his return. And, Magalhaes believes a defeat would make it two releases from the promotion, as he told Fight! Magazine recently.
“I’ll be pretty honest,” Magalhaes said. “The way I performed in my last fight, I could be cut right now (a loss to Phil Davis). They didn’t have to give me this chance against Anthony Perosh. I want to prove to myself that I can be in the UFC and that I belong here.”
Magalhaes, who helped train Chael Sonnen for his title fights with Anderson Silva and Jon Jones, believes it should be the goal of every UFC fighter to want to compete with the best.
“I should be fighting the elite fighters, which means fighting in the UFC,” he said. “I just want to fight in the UFC period. If you’re in the UFC, you’re fighting top fighters and I just want to prove I belong in there.
“If I lose this fight, I deserve to be cut.”