Neil Magny


Eligible to return
November 6, 2019
Magny is hopeful for an early-2020 return to competition, Damon Martin of reports.
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.
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Updates reason for withdrawal
May 14, 2019
Magny disclosed via his personal Instagram account Tuesday that his removal from UFC Rochester on Saturday was due to the fact he failed an out of competition drug test for the banned substance Di-Hydroxy-LGD-4033.
Magny has asserted his innocence from any wrongdoing, and says he is working with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to determine how the substance was found in a sample provided back on May 5. Recently, USADA stopped disclosing when fighters have been flagged for positive tests, so disclosing the situation is entirely up to the athlete and his or her management team. It hasn't been uncommon in recent years for athletes to see reduced suspensions in these situations, especially if they can prove a positive test was the result of a contaminated supplement. The typical suspension in those situations is six months, reduced from the two-year recommendation. It remains to be seen if Magny, one of the promotion's more active welterweights, will be subject to that type of discipline. In the meantime, Vicente Luque -- his originally-scheduled opponent -- will instead take a short-notice fight against LFA product Derrick Krantz on Saturday.
Pulled from May 18 fight
May 13, 2019
Magny has been pulled from his bout with Vicente Luque at UFC Fight Night on May 18 due to undisclosed reasons, reports.
It's unclear why Magny is being pulled from the card, with more information likely to come out in the near future regarding his status, however it's unclear how long he will be out at this time. As of now, there is no replacement opponent for Luque, however they are currently searching for a replacement.
Draws Vicente Luque in May 18 Fight Night
April 3, 2019
Magny will face Vicente Luque in a welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night on May 18, Jose Youngs of reports.
It was first reported that Magny would draw Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos at this same card, however that fight was never able to fully materialize. Magny, currently ranked number 13 in the welterweight division, now moves onto the number 15 ranked welterweight Vicente Luque. Magny had his two-fight win streak snapped back in November, suffering a knockout loss to Santiago Ponzibbio, while Luque is coming into the fight on a four-fight winning streak.
Added to May 18 Fight Night
March 27, 2019
Magny has been added to UFC Fight Night on May 18 against Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos.
Magny is coming off one of the more difficult losses imaginable, to Santiago Ponzinibbio via KO at UFC Fight Night 140 in November, but he'll get the chance to get back in the ring and put that loss behind him in May against Zaleski dos Santos. Magny will enter the matchup holding an all-time MMA record of 21-7, while Zaleski dos Santos isn't far behind him with a record of 21-5.
Gets brutalized in Argentina
November 17, 2018
Magny lost to Santiago Ponzinibbio via KO (punch) at 2:36 of Round 4 at UFC Fight Night 140 on Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Magny succumbed to Ponzinibbio's pressure immediately, eating stiff jabs that hurt his eye as well as low leg kicks, which rendered him nearly immobile by the fight's conclusion. To his credit, the 31-year-old stayed in the fight and landed some solid jabs of his own but was ultimately left as a sitting duck for the final shot, which set him down to the canvas on his face. Magny has beaten some tough customers in his 29-fight career but seems to have too many deficiencies to hang with the fighters in the top-5 of the division. His MMA record slips to 21-7 as a result of the loss.