AFC 8’s Bernardo ‘Trekko’ Magalhaes upbeat on UFC experience

Back-to-back losses to Tim Means and Henry Martinez at UFC on FUEL TV 1 and UFC on FX 3 eventually contributed to Bernardo Magalhaes’ release from the UFC in 2012.

The former UFC Lightweight was understandably disappointed with that decision. After all, he felt he should have been given more time to shine. But, ‘Trekko’ believes that that experience has in fact benefited him more than anything else. It’s at least made him a better fighter.

“UFC gave me a great experience and I did learn a lot from it,” Magalhaes told Fight Sport Asia. “It basically showed me just how much more I should train on my stand up skills and that’s what I’ve been doing since.”

And, he reaped the fruits of his labor. Just three months after receiving a pink slip from the world’s largest MMA organization, the 32-year-old picked up what was the first TKO victory of his career.

Suffice to say, he accepted the need to work on his striking skills and the result was significant.

Magalhaes, 32, who was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, made the move to Australia to become a professional fighter. Now, the adopted Australian owns his own gym in Sydney, where he takes pride in teaching martial arts to students.

Magalhaes makes his promotional debut at Australian Fighting Championship’s eighth installment this weekend. After a year-long layoff, ‘Trekko’ fights for the first time in Australia for nearly three years.

The former CFC 155-lbs champion takes on Nick Patterson, a two-time AFC vet who’s gone 4-1 in his past five outings.

“I like to test myself against the best at my weight class and I will always chase them. It doesn’t matter which promotion they are competing in,” Magalhaes continued. “Nick (Patterson) is a good opponent, so I’ll have to do my best to finish this fight. It doesn’t matter where it goes, I know I’m better than him.”

“I’m very hungry to win and put on a good show.”

Magalhaes, who owns victories over famed Aussie names like Rob Lisita, Adrian Pang, Rob Hill and Gustavo Falciroli, is undeniably one of the best 155-pounders in Australia.

Having competed on the Australian regional circuit, where he capped of an impressive 11-1 record prior to his UFC debut, the 32-year-old ran out of superlatives for AFC, who he believes are doing a splendid job in providing opportunities for aspiring MMA fighters.

“AFC has been doing a great job. Right now, there are just a few MMA promotions in Australia… and they are all small shows,” he said. “Aussie fighters need more opportunity to fight and test themselves before they get into the big shows.”

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AFC 8 features a riveting Lightweight headliner between adopted Australian and former UFC vet Bernardo Magalhaes (12-3) and Nick Patterson (12-4), and a co-main event that’ll see Dean Purdon (4-2) contest Nova Uniao’s Rodolfo Marques (15-3-1) at 145-lbs.

Click here to check out the full line-up for AFC 8.

Photo credit: Ultimate Fighting Championship

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Thinesh John is a Singapore-based MMA writer. You can check out some of his work over on MMASucka.com. Follow him (@ThineshJohnMMA), and be sure keep up with the latest Asian MMA news from FightSportAsia.com on Twitter (@FightSportAsia) and Facebook

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