Another twist of the knife in the acrimonious split between Vinny Magalhaes and the Russian promotion M-1 today.
The latest salvo in the saga is an eBay listing from Magalhaes, who has put the M-1 Challenge title belt he won last year up for auction after the organisation formally announced that he was being stripped of his champion status.
“I won this Belt in Russia in April of 2011. Defended the title in October of 2011,” says a terse accompanying note on the eBay listing. There have been dozens of bids and the auction is already over the $2,000 mark with nine days left to go.
Magalhaes parted ways with M-1 - after joining them amid much fanfare - when he felt that the company was biased against him in favour of Russian challengers. Specifically, he accused M-1 exec Evgeni Kogan of cheering for a rival fighter against him while at ringside.
When he parted with M-1 and did not renew his contract, Magalhaes pointedly sidelined himself and didn’t enter into negotiations with any other promotion in order not to allow M-1 to use the ‘match clause’ in his contract which would have allowed them to match any offers made to him within a certain time frame.
No reaction yet from M-1 on the proposed sale of the belt.