Vinny Magalhaes vs. Jake Doerr in the works for M-1 Challenge on Showtime

By John Morgan

Two-time UFC veteran Vinny Magalhaes (6-5) has already been announced as a participant at March’s “M-1 Challenge: Damkovsky vs. Figueroa,” and now his opponent is all but official. ( has learned from sources close to the organization that Magalhaes and undefeated Wisconsin native Jake Doerr (6-0) have verbally agreed to meet in the evening’s co-main event, though bout agreements have yet to be finalized.

Featuring a lightweight title fight between current champion Artiom Damkovsky and challenger Jose Figueroa, “M-1 Challenge: Damkovsky vs. Figueroa” takes place March 25 in Virginia and marks M-1 Global‘s first M-1 Challenge event to air on Showtime.

Magalhaes is probably best known for his stint as a cast member on “The Ultimate Fighter 8,” where he made his way to the season’s finals before losing via TKO to Ryan Bader. “Pezao” returned at UFC 97, where he lost a decision to Eliot Marshall and was released by the promotion.

Since leaving the UFC, Magalhaes has earned four wins in five outings. All four victories have come via submission.


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