Vinny Magalhães was cut from the UFC in 2009 after back-to-back losses to Ryan Bader and Eliot Marshall. However, according to the Brazilian-based MMA site tatame.com, the former M1 Global Light Heavyweight Champion is expected to return to the UFC on September 1 at UFC 151 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The UFC confirmed this with the following post on Twitter:
Former “The Ultimate Fighter” contestant Vinny Magalhaes returning to UFC bit.ly/OPITbV
— UFCONFOX(@UFCONFOX) July 17, 2012
Magalhães originally came to the UFC through Season 8 of The Ultimate Fighter, with a TKO loss to Bader in the season’s finals. Since leaving the UFC, he has won seven of his last eight fights. Despite his five-fight win streak, with 4 of them under M-1’s banner, Magalhães had been in a very public and verbal war with the organization over his contract. M-1 finally said farewell to him this month and the Brazilian fighter has come full circle.