Magalhaes was a semi-finalist of The Ultimate Fighter season eight and following his time on TUF, Magalhaes would only fight in the UFC one more time. It was at UFC 97 where the Brazilian jiu jitsu ace dropped a unanimous decision to Eliot Marshall, prompting his release from the promotion.
However Magalhaes has turned things around, going 7-1 since leaving the UFC and capturing M-1's light heavyweight championship.
Despite holding M-1's 205lb belt, Magalhaes relationship with the Russian promotion deteriorated after Magalhaes realized Evgeni Kogan, M-1 official, was cheering in favor of his Russian opponent in his recent title defense.
"The first thing I said when I heard about it was, ‘I'm never going to fight for these guys again.' A few months later, that's still my thought," Magalhaes said.
Now seeking a new home, Magalhaes hopes his recent five fight win streak will help him lobby for a spot among the UFC's 205lb rankings.
"Being in the UFC would be a preference... It's whoever gives the best offer, and it's not just about the money. It's about the best deal offer overall. (With the UFC), it's not just the money; it's the recognition...You can carry that for your life and open your gym and advertise yourself as a former UFC fighter," Magalhaes said.
At the present time, Magalhaes' manager is in talks with the UFC and the promotion's decision expected to be made in the near future.
"Tell me one fighter who doesn't want to be in the UFC. If he doesn't want to be in the UFC, then he probably just doesn't want to fight," Magalhaes said.