Let this article serve as a reminder that M-1 Challenge XXVII goes down tonight at 11 PM EST/PST on Showtime. According to M-1 Global, the card is entitled ‘М-1 Challenge XXVII: Garner vs. Grishinbut,’ but Showtime has deemed the card ‘M-1 Challenge XXVII: Magalhaes vs. Zayats.’ However, the only thing you need to know is Nika is the hottest ring girl that you’ve never heard of (she’s single) and before Magalhaes trains Fedor for his upcoming bout against Jeff Monson, he wants to get paid first.
Brian Hemminger of MMAMania had a candle-lit and intimate one-on-one with Vinny Magalhaes to clear the rumor that he will temporarily relocate to Holland to train with Fedor. Vinny stated that he would train The Last Emperor, but the dude needs to eat. Specifically, he wants to be compensated for leaving his job at Xtreme Couture since he has to deal with rent — and all the rest of life’s misfortunes. Well, besides the kid, that’s not necessarily a misfortune. I mean, you know — depending on what philosophy you subscribe to.
“I’ve been asked this question a couple times today, nothing actually came up to me yet, I’ve just heard rumors like the head of M-1 he talked about bringing me to Holland to train with Fedor. That happened before too. My manager tried to negotiate with them and at first they agreed to come, blah, blah, blah but then when it was time for me to go, they said, “A lot of guys will train with Fedor for free just because he’s such a legend,” but I was like, “I can’t go three weeks, not working. I have to pay bills. My son was 2-3 months old at the time. I couldn’t train there for free,” so I ended up not going.”
“So this time, it’s gonna be the same way. If they’re not gonna pay for me to be there, then I’m not going. It’s not like I’m all about money, but if I’m not going to be working at Xtreme Couture, I’m not going to be holding my classes, I’m going to be leaving my family and my wife doesn’t work so I want to support my family. I have to be compensated. You know, hopefully we can negotiate how that’s gonna work. If they decide not to pay me, then I won’t go.”
Personally, Vinny Magalhaes and I go way back. Far enough for me to repeatedly tell the same boring story that you’ve undoubtedly heard throughout the years. To make up for me publicly ‘blowing his spot’ unintentionally, I will follow him on Twitter and never unfollow — starting right now. See, I told you so. [Source]