Neil Magny
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.
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Moved to UFC Buenos Aires
August 23, 2018
Magny will now take on Santiago Ponzinibbio in the main event of UFC Buenos Aires on Nov. 17, reports.
Magny was previously scheduled to face Alex Oliveira at UFC Sao Paulo on Sept. 22, but the UFC will now give him an opportunity to headline a card against an opponent that could really help his title aspirations. Not to discredit Oliveira, but Ponzinibbio -- who is currently riding a six-fight winning streak -- represents a much tougher test for Magny. Though Magny will have his usual height and reach advantages, Ponzinibbio will have the statistical edge in terms of volume striking and striking defense. Magny would be wise to look to exploit the 57 percent takedown defense of Ponzinibbio, though it seems more likely this fight plays out on the feet, which could lead to high fantasy ceilings for both men.
Booked against Alex Oliveira in Sao Paulo
July 28, 2018
Magny will take on Alex Oliveira in a welterweight matchup at UFC Sao Paulo on Sept. 22, reports.
Magny picked up a win over the debuting Craig White his last time out, representing his third victory in his last four trips to the cage. He might not stack up with the elite welterweights in the UFC, but Magny is an active fighter that can more than hold his own against any ranked opponent. This time around, he'll have to head to enemy territory in Brazil to face an opponent in Oliveira who is also 3-1 in his last four bouts. Magny, as usual, will enter with height and reach advantages, and would be wise to utilize them. Four of Magny's six professional losses have came by submission, and grappling is one of Oliveira's greatest strengths.
Easily dispatches UFC newcomer Craig White via TKO in Round 1 in England
May 27, 2018
Magny defeated Craig White via TKO (punches) at 4:32 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Sunday in Liverpool.
Magny was never in trouble in this fight. He landed an accidental low blow in the clinch early in the fight and dominated from that point. After the fight was restarted he got a takedown and immediately went to mount. "The Thundercat" was able to get him off and the referee allowed White back to his feet. After that, Magny initiated a clinch against the fence and capitalized on an error by the UFC newcomer. White left his head exposed low and was hit with a knee which dropped him. Magny followed up with punches and the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
Gains new opponent for Liverpool card
May 15, 2018
Magny will now take UFC newcomer Craig White at UFC Liverpool on May 27, Peter Carroll of reports.
Magny was originally scheduled to face Gunnar Nelson, but Nelson was forced to withdraw and was ultimately required to get knee surgery. In steps White on just 12 days' notice, allowing Magny to keep a pay day, as well as a fight where he'll be a very large betting favorite. White has rattled off four consecutive victories through the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, and likely gets the nod here due to the fight taking place in his native England. He's currently the No. 134-ranked welterweight on FightMatrix, as he hasn't seen anyone near the caliber of opponent as Magny. As a result, Magny will come at a very high price, as prospective fantasy owners will need to pay up for a virtual lock (provided White can even make the weight on short notice).
Needs new opponent for UFC Liverpool
April 29, 2018
Magny is in search of a new opponent for UFC Liverpool on May 27, as Gunnar Nelson (knee) was forced to withdraw from the fight, Damon Martin of MMANYTT reports.
Magny and Nelson had originally been scheduled for the co-main event, where they were slated to set the stage for a welterweight showdown between Stephen Thompson and Darren Till. Instead, the UFC will now be left searching for a replacement opponent, with seems reasonable with just under a month before the scheduled event.