Grappling enthusiasts are likely excited about tonight’s Vinny Magalhaes- Anthony Perosh bout, which of course, will go down at the UFC 163 festivities in Rio de Janeiro. Magalhaes is one of the baddest men on the planet when it comes to submissions, evidenced by his ADCC Gold Medal, while Perosh is a third degree BJJ black belt. In other words, they’re not just “decent” on the ground.
Magalhaes recently appeared on MMA Junkie.com Radio to talk about the bout, and not surprisingly, the grappling demi-god was asked to break down the ground game of Perosh. The 29 year-old light-heavyweight stated:
“He’s not as decorated as me, but his jiu-jitsu game is really good,” Magalhaes said. “He’s solid. He’s not one of those guys who claim to be a black belt, but they don’t show much. Most of his fights, every time he took his opponent to the ground he did really well, and he was able to dominate especially from top position.
“But I’ll be honest with you – I don’t think I’m really worried about his ground game, top or bottom.”
Of course, there’s a chance the fight might not feature much action on the ground since this is MMA, but it will be interesting to see what goes down if the bout hits the floor. It’s a huge fight for both guys, as Magalhaes is coming off a UD loss to Phil Davis and Perosh is looking to rebound from a seven second KO defeat versus Ryan Jimmo.
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