According to Whitmire, it was some lies and underhanded tactics Magalhaes used before the event that lead to the issues between the two.
“He’s one of my teammates. I talk to Vinny a lot at the gym, he’s one of my coaches from ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and he had told me multiple times that he didn’t want to corner against me after he cornered against me with Roxanne (Modafferi),” Whitmire said after the event. “He told me like four times that he wasn’t going to corner against me with Jamie, because Jamie had asked him to corner. … None of us knew until we showed up and we saw him getting off the bus, and I just thought it was a real shady move by him. Obviously he knew. If he would have shot us a message, honestly I wouldn’t have cared as much. But the fact I showed up and saw him getting off the bus, I was like, ‘Is that Vinny?’ It was, but I just think it’s a dick move. You’re there for all my hard sparring, you’re there for my training. You obviously know my game plan. How are you supposed to corner a fighter and not tell them what I’m planning on doing? I don’t know. I just thought it was shady of him, so I was pretty excited to tell him to (expletive) off after the fight.”
Whitmire clearly believes she has the right to be angry with Magalhaes, but the submission specialist looks at this a different way.
Magalhaes says he has no relationship with Whitmire at all, while blaming her corner for a miscommunication that lead to the problems between them both.
“This woman got angry because I train at Xtreme and was in Jamie’s corner,” Magalhaes said to MMA Fighting. “But Jamie is my student and my purple belt, and I don’t even see this girl training at Xtreme. I have zero training relationship with her. I even told one of her coaches that I would be in Jamie’s corner. He didn’t deliver the message, it’s not my fault. I asked if there was a problem, didn’t like the idea, kind of let it aside because I was fighting [at PFL] and didn’t want to worry about this. When I came back from my fight, I told her coach I would be in Jamie’s corner, told him to let Emily know, but apparently the message didn’t get to her.”
While Whitmire walked away with her hand raised at UFC 226, it would seem like the issues with Magalhaes may not come to an end anytime soon.