“I’ll be honest, it’s not just because I lost $65,000 dollars. It’s not because I’m not going to see that. Looking at the moves as a technician, judging as a technician, as a professional, as a grappler, my move was ten times more difficult (that what Jones did to Belfort), and you know, way more impressive than his move. Maybe that’s how people judge. Maybe they judge how big the fight is, maybe they judge the fighter as well, who knows?”
“So, I’m just waiting for my check. I’m just gonna be waiting two or three weeks, I’m going to be really hopeful. Here’s the thing too, it’s not just you, there’s a lot of people saying I should have got that bonus. I’m sure [Dana] somehow is going to pay me for that. Likely, it’s not going to be 65,000 dollars, but I’m sure he’s going to pay me somehow. Just give me a fight, I don’t care.”
Vinny Magalhaes made a triumphant return to the UFC last weekend with his submission victory over Igor Pokrajac at UFC 152. In this interview with MMAFightCorner, he talks about why he feels he should have been awarded the “Submission of the Night” bonus over Jon Jones.
He also discussed his reaction towards Igor’s anti-grappling comments, why he thinks Matt Hamill is a good next fight and more. Hop to page two to check out the rest of the interview highlights.
His thoughts on Igor Pokrajac’s tweet that read: “If I wanted to do a grappling match I would go on a grappling tournament , this is MMA and UFC fans want a fight.”
Vinny’ responded that he didn’t take it as an insult.
“I didn’t take it that way. I think he was just making himself look bad, really. In my fight, when I took him down in the first round, I threw a few punches, I passed his guard, I went for a submission, then he reversed it. Then I was on the bottom and I was trying to attack with submissions and all this stuff. It’s not like the fight went to the ground and I was just stalling. Then, it goes to the second round and he was the one that initiates a takedown.”
“I was a little bit surprised,” Vinny said of Igor’s takedown attempt. “The first round I had him on the ground the whole round and I didn’t finish him, so that probably gave him confidence. ‘I can take him down and he’s not going to submit me.’ That’s probably what he thought, at least that’s what I’m thinking. Like, he went five minutes with me and I didn’t submit him, probably he felt really good about it…It was such a bad mistake. A lot of people think the longer a fight goes, you get sweaty and its hard to work jiu jitsu, but it’s actually totally opposite for me. The body gets a little looser and that’s when my jiu jitsu works better.”
Magalhaes also said he’s already asking for his next fight, but explained fight cards are still backed up following the UFC 151 cancellation. “I just texted Joe Silva to give me a fight in December, but I don’t think it’s gonna happen because of 151 that thing that happened because of Jones. I wanted to fight. To be honest with you, Jon Jones has been screwing me over really bad lately,” Vinny said. “He’s taking money out of my pocket and because of what he did with 151, I’m not gonna fight in December.”
But if he does get called up to fight he’s already got his eye on a few 205’ers that he feels will help him grow in UFC career. “If he can fight, I think Matt Hamill would be the ideal match right now. The fact that he fought on the same card, so he’d have the same amount of time to prepare for a fight and the same amount of rest after a fight so, I think Matt Hamill would be the ideal match. I’d also like to fight the winner of Phil Davis, Wagner Prado.”