Vinny Magalhaes, also known as Pezão, is one of the top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitors of his generation, being also a retired mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, and former The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 8 finalist. Vinny worked with instructors such as Royler Gracie, Vini Aieta and Eddie Bravo, becoming well known for his submission orientated grappling style, a style he has used to submit great competitors such as Marcio Cruz, Rodrigo Cavaca, Roberto Cyborg, Bruno Bastos and many others in Grappling competitions.
Vinny Magalhaes Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Vinicius de Magalhães
Nickname: “Vinny” is a name that first came about in 2004 when Magalhães moved to America. He started being called that by Cesar Gracie and he embraced it as it was an easy solution for the frequent miss spelling of his first name by the locals.
“Pezao” means Big Foot in Portuguese, the name was given by Bernardo Treco from the Gracie Tijuca academy (where Vinny trained). Magalhaes was only 14 years old at the time and his feet were disproportionate when compared to his still developing body frame, thus the name
- ADCC Champion (2011)
- IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2007 black belt)
- IBJJF World Champion (2005** brown, 2002 blue belt)
- World Masters Champion (2016 Master 1)
- Pan American Champion (2002 blue belt)
- Brazilian National Champion (2005* brown belt)
- Pan American Championship Runner-up (2005 brown belt)
- Brazilian National Championship Runner-up (2003 purple belt)
- ADCC 3rd Place (2011*, 2009**)
** Weight and absolute
Favourite Position/Technique: Closed Guard, 50/50 Guard
Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94kg-207lbs) or Super Pesado (100kg-221lbs)
Association/Team: Was linked in with Gracie Tijuca and Gracie Humaitá, in the US he has fought for Team Quest and Cesar Gracie.
Vinny Magalhaes Biography
Vinicius Magalhaes was born on the 2nd of July 1984 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Vinny lived the life of a normal kid in Rio de Janeiro often playing football or shooting some hoops, but it was only in 1998 (when he was 14) that he started practicing the sport that would change his life, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He started training at a small gym in his neighbourhood (Bairro de Olaria) with Jair Reis but shortly after he moved to train with Professor Germano Junior from the Strauch Academy with whom he stayed until the end of 1999 when he got his blue belt.
Shortly after getting his blue belt Vinicius moved clubs to meet the man that would become his true master, Professor Vinicius Aieta from Gracie Tijuca – where Saulo Ribeiro also taught. Under Aieta’s supervision Magalhaes Jiu Jitsu evolved tremendously and there he started developing his unique fighting style, always seeking the submission at all cost.
Odly enough, though he proved more then often his worth on the mats, his black belt was earned due to a lost bet between his master Vinicius Aieta and Royler Gracie at the Mundial in 2005. After an amazing performance at the brown belt Super Pesado weight division, where he submitted every single one of his opponents (including Rodrigo Cavaca in the final), Vinny Magalhaes went on to have a total of 7 fights in the absolute division reaching the final with just two fighters surviving his submission onslaught (one of whom was Romulo Barral to whom Vinny won by 7×0). Royler told Aieta he was “sandbagging” and Aieta believed Vinny was not yet ready for the black belt as he had only been a brown belt for 10 months. It was agreed between the two masters that if Vinny submitted his oponent in the final he would get his black belt, if he didn’t he would stay a brown belt for a while longer. Turns out Vinny destroyed his opponent Gabriel Kitobert in one minute via armbar receiving the black belt on the podium from his master and Royler Gracie.
In 2004 Vinny Magalhaes took a big chance and moved to the United States. He was dating Cesar Gracie’s cousin at the time, and she told Vinny of a vacant coaching spot at the Gracie’s academy. Vinny applied for the spot immediately and got it even though he did not speak a word of English.
From Cesar Gracie’s gym, Vinny Magalhaes went on to coach grappling/BJJ at one of the greatest Mixed Martial Arts teams in the world, Team Quest, a team led by two MMA legends, Dan Henderson and Mat Lindland. Being in a big team like Quest, many opportunities presented themselves to a gifted athlete like Magalhaes, the was biggest probably his chance to be a part of The Ultimate Fighter reality show, a TV show in which you fight your way into a contract with a major fighting organisation (the UFC). In Vinny’s case, he managed to get in the show without even going to the series of trials. What happened was that at the time “Pezão” heard that the UFC was doing a series on light heavyweights, he asked Dan Henderson to give UFC president – Dana White a call and put in a good word for the Brazilian ace, which worked out perfectly. Magalhaes went to the house and put on good performances that allowed him a spot in the final against Ryan Bader, a fight Vinny lost by TKO.
Coming to a big show like TUF was a mixed bag, in one hand there was the exposure of being in a main stream show, but on the other hand Vinny was still very new to the sport and had very basic knowledge of the stand up aspect of the game. Continuing his bad luck streak, Vinny left Team Quest when he returned from the Show, there were certain issues with the team’s management and Magalhaes slammed the door on the academy. Making the mistake of not having a stand up coach and only doing grappling sparring consistently his career with the UFC also came to an abrupt end after his loss to another TUF competitor, Eliot Marshal (this time by decision).
Vinny was in need of a reboot, and that he did, by moving to Las Vegas where he found new training partners and coaches that have helped him recreate his MMA career. He is still relatively active in Submission Grappling events, namely Grapplers Quest and ADCC.
Vinny Magalhaes Grappling Record
20 SUBMISSIONS WINS
1 SUBMISSION LOSSES
Vinny Magalhaes Fight History
|1385||Roger GracieRoger Gracie||L||Choke from back||Pan American||ABS||4F||2006|
|2265||Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre Ribeiro||L||Points||ADCC||99KG||SF||2009|
|2292||Braulio EstimaBraulio Estima||L||Points||ADCC||ABS||SF||2009|
|2366||Daniel ValverdeDaniel Valverde||L||Pts: 0x0, Adv||UFC Expo||ABS||SPF||2009|
|3142||Andre GalvaoAndre Galvao||L||Pts: 4x0||Ultimate Abs.||ABS||SF||2011|
|3272||Murilo SantanaMurilo Santana||L||Referee Decision||ADCC||ABS||4F||2011|
|4989||Jared DoppJared Dopp||L||Pen||ADCC||O99KG||4F||2013|
|5792||Keenan CorneliusKeenan Cornelius||D||N/A||Metamoris 4||ABS||SPF||2014|
|7198||Erberth SantosErberth Santos||L||Pts: 6x4||Copa Podio||95KG||GP||2015|
|7204||Tim SpriggsTim Spriggs||L||Adv||Copa Podio||95KG||GP||2015|
|7779||Orlando SanchezOrlando Sanchez||L||Referee Decision||ADCC||O99KG||SF||2015|
|7868||Claudio CalasansClaudio Calasans||L||Referee Decision||ADCC||ABS||4F||2015|
|10600||Garry TononGarry Tonon||L||Points||EBI 9||93KG||F||2016|
|11084||Jared DoppJared Dopp||L||Pts: 12x9||Grappling Pro 2||120KG||4F||2016|
|11426||Lucas BarbosaLucas Barbosa||L||Pts: 2x2, Adv||San Jose Open||ABS||F||2017|
|11666||Carlos FariasCarlos Farias||L||Referee Decision||Mexico City Open||O100KG||F||2017|
|12248||Roberto AbreuRoberto Abreu||L||Pts: 3x0||ADCC WC Trials||O99KG||SPF||2017|
|12567||Adam WardzinskiAdam Wardzinski||L||Points||ACBJJ 5||95KG||4F||2017|
|13449||Jared DoppJared Dopp||L||Referee Decision||ADCC||99+KG||4F||2017|
|14736||Joseph Moku||L||Referee Decision||ACBJJ 11||O95KG||SPF||2018|
|15205||Gabriel LucasGabriel Lucas||L||Points||ACBJJ 12||O95KG||SPF||2018|
|1382||Carlos Francis||W||Toe hold||Pan American||ABS||R1||2006|
|1477||Robert DrysdaleRobert Drysdale||W||Pts: 1x0||LA Sub-X||ABS||SPF||2006|
|2258||Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo Cavaca||W||Heel hook||ADCC||99KG||R1||2009|
|2262||Marcio CruzMarcio Cruz||W||Flying armbar||ADCC||99KG||4F||2009|
|2268||Glover Teixeira||W||Triangle armbar||ADCC||99KG||3RD||2009|
|2282||Dean ListerDean Lister||W||Points||ADCC||ABS||R1||2009|
|2288||Chris Wideman||W||Flying armbar||ADCC||ABS||4F||2009|
|2295||Gunnar NelsonGunnar Nelson||W||Pts: 3x0||ADCC||ABS||3RD||2009|
|3135||Daniel SimoesDaniel Simoes||W||Banana split||Ultimate Abs.||ABS||R1||2011|
|3140||Marcus AlmeidaMarcus Almeida||W||Heel hook||Ultimate Abs.||ABS||4F||2011|
|3216||Luke Costello||W||Pts: 2x0||ADCC||O99KG||R1||2011|
|3238||Jose JuniorJose Junior||W||Footlock||ADCC||O99KG||4F||2011|
|3248||Gerardi RinaldiGerardi Rinaldi||W||Pts: 3x0||ADCC||O99KG||SF||2011|
|3259||Fabricio WerdumFabricio Werdum||W||Pts: 2x0||ADCC||O99KG||F||2011|
|3266||Bruno BastosBruno Bastos||W||Heel hook||ADCC||ABS||R1||2011|
|4981||Wang Yan Bo||W||Heel hook||ADCC||O99KG||R1||2013|
|6125||Matheus DinizMatheus Diniz||D||---||Metamoris 5||ABS||SPF||2014|
|6546||Jackson SousaJackson Sousa||W||Referee Decision||Berkut Open||ABS||SPF||2015|
|6552||Jackson SousaJackson Sousa||W||Toe hold||Berkut Open NoGi||ABS||SPF||2015|
|7190||F. Reis||W||Pts: 2x2, Adv||Copa Podio||95KG||GP||2015|
|7206||Nelton PontesNelton Pontes||W||Pts: 4x2||Copa Podio||95KG||GP||2015|
|7767||P. Ardilla||W||Heel hook||ADCC||O99KG||R1||2015|
|7781||Joao RochaJoao Rocha||W||Heel hook||ADCC||O99KG||3RD||2015|
|7860||Garry TononGarry Tonon||W||Pts: 0x0, Pen||ADCC||ABS||R1||2015|
|10160||Ronny Markes||W||Heel hook||Sub Underground||ABS||SPF||2016|
|10590||Tom Breese||W||Inside heel hook||EBI 9||93KG||R1||2016|
|10596||Eliot KellyEliot Kelly||W||Points||EBI 9||93KG||4F||2016|
|10599||Matt Kirchwehm||W||Kimura||EBI 9||93KG||SF||2016|
|11571||Frederico Silva||W||Toe hold||Houston Open||ABS||4F||2017|
|11574||Thiago MacedoThiago Macedo||W||Kneebar||Houston Open||ABS||SF||2017|
|13443||Bruno BastosBruno Bastos||W||Toe hold||ADCC||99+KG||E1||2017|
Vinny Magalhaes Highlight