UFC 152 Fight Card: Can Vinny Magalhaes Make Waves in His UFC Return?

Tim McTiernanCorrespondent ISeptember 19, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30:  (C) Mixed martial artist Vinny Magalhaes, wife Alliny Magalhaes and son Vitor Magalhaes arrive at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Vinny Magalhães is not a name that many casual fans are familiar with. You may have heard it before, but you don't really know much about the guy.

He was a finalist on season 8 of The Ultimate Fighter, and he lost to Ryan Bader by first round TKO. In his next UFC fight, he lost a unanimous decision to Eliot Marshall and was let go from the organization.

Since that time, he has gone 7-1 with seven finishes and the lone loss being a decision. He is currently on a five fight winning streak with two TKO's and three submissions. One of those submissions was a mounted gogoplata neck crank.

That just sounds awesome.

Now, Magalhães is set to return to the UFC, and his first fight back will be against Igor Pokrajac. Pokrajac is 25-8 and is on a three fight winning streak with two finishes.

Magalhães has clearly improved since his time in the UFC, and will surely be looking to make a statement in his return fight.

You can bet that a rematch with Ryan Bader is on his mind, and should he beat Pokrajac, that fight could make a lot of sense.

It would give a sense of where Magalhães stands in the division, and if Bader has lost something in recent years.

With a second degree black belt in BJJ and an ever improving stand-up game, Magalhães can be a threat to anyone in the light heavyweight division.

 

Tim McTiernan is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. For the latest news on everything MMA, follow him on Twitter @TimMcTiernan.