In a battle of BJJ experts, Aussie Perosh wants Magalhaes in Brazil
For perosh, a fight with Magalhaes would be his first MMA clash with a high level BJJ black belt
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In a battle of submission specialists, Australian UFC light heavyweight Anthony Perosh is seeking a fight with 205 pound (93 kg) Brazilian contender Vinny Magalhaes.
Speaking exclusively to MMA Kanvas today, Perosh revealed that Magalhaes called him out before making his UFC debut late last year, but now the timing is right for the two Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) black belts to meet in the Octagon.
“Vinny (Magalhaes) was calling me out when he was trying to get into the UFC, he wanted me as his first match, but it didn’t make any sense because I was on a three fight win streak back then," Perosh said.
“But now, it makes sense. He’s coming off a loss, I’m coming off a loss, it makes sense for us to fight. I think it’d be a good match,” he continued.
Perosh, who runs his own MMA gym in Sydney, holds a black belt in BJJ but a potential fight with Magalhaes would see him up against an opponent with more credentials in the art of submission fighting.
“He won the world championships in BJJ, so he’s done better than I have. I got a bronze medal at the world championships but in terms of MMA, we are both competitive black belts and when there are elbows and punches involved, it makes a big difference. So it would be evenly matched.”
Magalhaes fought on last weekend’s UFC 159 card against Phil Davis, suffering a three round decision defeat. Perosh believes that despite Magalhaes offering little offense in the fight, he had a good opportunity to defeat Davis but failed to capitalise on his positioning early in round one.
“Vinny jumped on his (Davis) back and instead of just staying on his back and trying to flatten him out, he rolled to front, going for an arm-bar or something - and from there he lost the position. He actually did have a good chance to finish him if he’d just stayed on the back,” Perosh commented.
“He went for the low percentage finish and Phil just got out and stood up again,” he continued.
Known as "The Hippo” for his excellent ground game, Perosh has never been submitted in a MMA fight. A scrap with Magalhaes would present his stiffest grappling test to date but Perosh believes his superior wrestling and good ground and pound skills would present an interesting challenge for the BJJ world champion.
“My take-down defence is great and if I do get taken down I have good stand up skills to get back up again. I don’t mind clinching straight away. I’d rather clinch and get on top than the other way around. I think my wrestling is better than his,” Perosh said.
Perosh confirmed that he made contact with the UFC and requested the match-up but is yet to hear back with confirmation of the bout.
Perosh also revealed that he is yet to face a high level black belt in his MMA career so far and a fight with Magalhaes in Brazil would be one that both he and the fans would enjoy.
“In my twenty fights, I’ve never fought a top BJJ black belt. I’ve always been the dominant one on the ground. So it’d be a really nice challenge for me to fight him,” the forty-year-old Sydneysider said.
“There’s a show coming up in Brazil in August, so I’d love to fight him on his home turf. You’d have two BJJ black belts fighting in Brazil," he continued.
When asked if he had a message for Magalhaes, Perosh kept it short and sweet, simply asking the Brazilian to accept the fight and sign on the dotted line.
"Sign. Sign. Sign. Let's make it happen."
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