Neil Magny
The Haitian Sensation

USA

Booked versus Neal
WelterweightUFC
July 25, 2020
Magny is set to square off against Geoff Neal in a welterweight matchup at an Aug. 29 UFC event, Mike Bohn of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Magny is coming off a victory via unanimous decision over Anthony Rocco Martin at UFC 250. He now has 16 welterweight wins in the UFC, which leaves him just three shy of Georges St-Pierre's record of 19. To get one step closer he will need to defeat a highly-regarded prospect in Neal, who has yet to lose in his UFC career though four fights.
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Wins controversial decision
WelterweightUFC
June 6, 2020
Magny defeated Anthony Rocco Martin via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC 250 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Magny -- the newly dubbed "Haitian Sensation" -- took the vast majority of the first ten minutes off before flooring the gas pedal in Round 3. Neil had real difficulty with the upper-body strength and positioning of Martin in Rounds 1 and 2. He was far more effective in the final frame when Martin was visibly exhausted. Magny spent the entirety of Round 3 forcing Martin backwards after being unable to do so early on. The 29-28 score was somewhat reasonable but the 30-27 scorecards were both inexcusable. Magny got the victory he came for, but this was one of his worst performances in several years. It's rarely pretty, but Magny is somehow 8-3 in his past 11 fights dating back to August 2015.
Anthony Rocco Martin on tap
WelterweightUFC
May 20, 2020
Magny and Anthony Rocco Martin have agreed to a welterweight bout June 6 at UFC 250, Mike Bohn of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
The location of the event has yet to be officially announced, but it's expected to take place at the UFC Apex complex in Las Vegas. Magny returned to the octagon in March after being cleared of wrongdoing by the USDA, taking down Li Jingliang via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 248. Martin is 5-1 over his last six fights and was set to face David Zawada on April 25, but the event was one of many cancellations amid the ongoing pandemic.
Cruises to UFC 248 win
WelterweightUFC
March 7, 2020
Magny defeated Li Jingliang via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 248 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was Magny's best and most complete effort in years. Having hit a rough spot with a 2-2 record in his past four fights, Magny came out and thoroughly dominated Li. He gave up a pair of early takedowns but quickly worked his way back to his feet and was in full control from there. Magny overwhelmed the smaller Li with combinations and his world-class cardio. Magny is always in great shape and that is one of his biggest advantages every single time he steps into the octagon. Magny's ceiling is limited by his lack of athleticism but he has plenty of experience against high-end competition and he has enough ability to defeat any opponent who doesn't show up ready to fight and that's what happened on Saturday.
Slated to fight Jingliang in Vegas
WelterweightUFC
December 18, 2019
Magny (21-7-0) reached a verbal agreement Tuesday to fight Li Jingliang (17-5-0) at UFC 248 in Las Vegas on March 7, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Magny hasn't fought since suffering a knockout loss to Santiago Ponizinibbio in November 2018, with a suspension due to a positive test for a banned substance keeping him out of the Octagon. The 32-year-old's violation was later determined to have been the result of Magny taking contaminated supplements, so he'll now be in the clear to resume his MMA career. Even after his lengthy absence, Magny, who owns a 14-6-0 record in the UFC, remains the promotion's 15th-ranked fighter in the welterweight division.
Eligible to return
WelterweightUFC
November 6, 2019
Magny is hopeful for an early-2020 return to competition, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Magny was flagged for trace amounts of a banned substance back in May, and has been going through the adjudication process with USADA ever since. It took until September for USADA to clear him of any wrongdoing, but with the event schedule mostly booked through the end of the year, he'll likely have to wait until 2020 to get back in the Octagon. Magny credits the recent Nate Diaz situation for exposing some of the shortcomings of USADA testing and speeding up the process of proving a fighter's innocence. In fact, it was the same substance that the two of them tested positive for.