The no. 8-ranked welterweight Neil Magny got the win in UFC 207 action Friday at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, beating former champion after the three rounds.
Neil Magny returned to the win column with a unanimous decision victory but it didn’t come without controversy. Johny Hendricks was landing takedowns and in ground control. No doubting or hating on Bigg Rigg but how take downs can be scored heavily when Hendricks was just holding his opponent and Mangy did more battle from the bottom. UFC even showed that Magny had twice as many significant ground strikes on TV.
The submission Neil Magny attempted when he got the head of former champion caught in a tight triangle with elbows during the first and last round was difference for me. He did more work. It was a near tap experience too. I thought it was going to be a submission finish though.
Close one. Magny edged Hendricks on scores after the three rounds. He also gets 20% of Hendricks purse. Hendricks missed weight for the third time. Neil Magny clearly deserved the win.
The return of Ronda Rousey only lasted 48 seconds after Amanda Nunes successfully defended her UFC women’s bantamweight crown at UFC 207 on Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. Nunes was clearly the superior fighter. Rousey threw some punches but got countered everytime until she got pummeled in the face. Ref Herb Dean stopped the fight to save the former champ from more battering. I saw no Ronda Rousey during the whole fight. The utterly dominant Ronda who even claimed she could beat Mayweather. Really I hope she becomes strong both mentally and emotionally and comes back still.
The trading insults at one another between Dominick Cruz and Cody Garbrandt indeed erupted into a five round brawl! Cody’s excellent game plan and dance moves were on display. He was landing big punches and took Dominick down during the first round. The left eye of the former champ was cut from a headbutt causing him to bleed in the third round. Cruz was outclassed, taunted and danced by “No Love” to deliver an upset win and become the unbeaten, new world bantamweight champion. Both fighters were awarded $50,000 for Fight of the Night bonuses.
TJ Dillashaw’s performace warrants a title shot at 135 lbs. He used his footwork to outclassed John Lineker. “I want my belt. That’s my belt. He’s (Dominick Cruz) running from me. He knows I won it. I want my belt back”, The former bantamweight champion said after his unanimous decision victory.
Luis Smolka took 30% of Ray Borg’s purse as a penalty from not making weight. Borg with some heavy grappling and ground and pound took the win by way of unanimous decision.
The prelim fights were just as good as the main events. Jonny Hendricks dropped Neil Magny in round one but Magny was fighting on the ground with landing more strikes and triangle, stood up in round two. The no. 8-ranked welterweight got the head of former champion caught in a tight triangle again which was a near tap experience with numerous elbows. Close one. Magny edged Hendricks on scores after the three rounds. He also gets 20% of Hendricks purse. Hendricks missed weight for the third time.
Amanda Nunes and Alex Garcia were also awarded $50,000 for Performance of the Night bonuses.
The official UFC 207 results:
MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)
UFC Female Bantamweight Championship
Amanda Nunes def. Ronda Rousey at 46 secs of Round 1
UFC Bantamweight Championship
Cody Garbrandt def. Dominick Cruz via UD
Bantamweight: T.J. Dillashaw def. John Lineker via UD
Welterweight: Dong Hyun Kim def. Tarec Saffiedine via SD
Flyweight: Ray Borg def. Louis Smolka via UD
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Neil Magny def. Johny Hendricks via UD
Middleweight: Antonio Carlos Junior def. Marvin Vettori via UD
Welterweight: Alex Garcia def. Mike Pyle at 3:34 of Round 1
Welterweight: Niko Price def. Brandon Thatch at 4:40 of Round 1
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira was declared as NC (illegal knees) at 3:33 of Round 1
The UFC 207 card on December 30 in Las Vegas got a double jolt of welterweight action on Tuesday, as the promotion announced that former world champion Johny Hendricks will return to face Neil Magny, and Matt “The Immortal” Brown will take on former Strikeforce titleholder Tarec Saffiedine at T-Mobile Arena.
UFC 207, which is headlined by the UFC women’s bantamweight championship bout between Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey, airs live on Pay-Per-View from T-Mobile arena.
Looking to get back in the race to regain his 170-pound title, the No. 7-ranked Hendricks is eager to return to the form that took him to the top of the division in 2014, and a win over the No. 9-ranked Magny, who is 10-2 in his last dozen bouts, is a step in the right direction for “Bigg Rigg.”
Also seeking a return to the win column is Ohio’s Brown, an all-action battler who is always willing to fight the best in the world at anytime. He will get his wish when he faces Saffiedine, a fellow contender who has emerged victorious in six of his last eight.
Stay tuned to UFC.com for more fight card announcements.
In the 202nd UFC: Diaz vs. McGregor 2 held on August 20, 2016 at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, Neil Magny was defeated by Lorenz Larkin in the first round.
It was tough to watch the fighter you look up to lose. But respecting the game and accepting defeat with humility made him more than a winner. Who remember when Neil Magny, after his tough loss from Demian Maia, even attended his BJJ seminar last January? Just like BJ Penn did with Matt Hughes and Alexander Gustafsson with Phil Davis. Wish some of the fighters have wisdom like this. Let go of the pride and learn.
Neil Magny may have lost yet people would say keep his head up and that they are proud of him in social media. This is what a real fan base is win or lose. For me, he is one of the most admired, loved and respected personality in the octagon. Losing don’t make him any less. Indeed, form is just temporary, class is permanent.
The fastest rising welterweight is back. No he is not yet stepping back in the octagon, but in making his german fans happy. Neil Magny was the guest fighter in last week’s UFC Hamburg (UFC Fight Night 93) alongside former welterweight champ Matt Hughes and octagon girl Luciana Andrade. They went to visit Germany to promote the event and interact with fans.
The 170 pound warrior is back to work and working on getting better. I am looking forward to seeing the no. 8 welterweight fight and work his way to the top again. If anybody can get themself a quick turnaround – this man absolutely can!
Photo credits: Neil Magny, UFC
Two days until one of the biggest and highly anticipated rematches in the UFC! Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor part two.
Diaz submitted and forced McGregor to tap in the second round at UFC 196 last March. The featherweight champion has done everything so that the same fate he suffered will not happen again.
UFC set the light heavyweights Anthony Johnson and Glover Teixeira as the co-main event. Their fight is supposed to be the UFC on Fox 20 main event but Johnson pulled out of the card due to personal issues. Both won their last fights. Teixeira knocked out Rashad Evans and called out ‘Rumble’ during his post fight interview. Johnson also had a knockout win over Ryan Bader.
Donald Cerrone takes on Rick Story. It is going to be Cowboy’s second bout at the welterweight since he moved from the lightweight last June.
Sabah Homasi is the replacement of Sean Strickland who suffered a knee injury and will be the one now to face Tim Means.
Neil Magny vs. Lorenz Larkin is headlining the preliminary card. The UFN 85 is still fresh in my mind where Magny hand Lombard his first loss by way of TKO and almost killed him because of the referee’s late stoppage. The army vet gave Lombard, who was no longer answering, over forty punches but the fight just continued into the third round. The opportunity came to Lorenz Larkin to fight a top-10 opponent when Dong Hyun Kim withdrew due to injury.
UFC 202 will be held in T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas, August 20. The line up of fighters are as follows:
Welterweight: Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor
Light Heavyweight: Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira
Welterweight: Donald Cerrone vs. Rick Story
Welterweight: Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Mike Perry
Welterweight: Tim Means vs. Sabah Homasi
Bantamweight: Cody Garbrandt vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Women’s Bantamweight: Raquel Pennington vs. Elizabeth Phillips
Featherweight: Chris Avila vs. Artem Lobov
Strawweight: Randa Markos vs. Cortney Casey
Welterweight: Neil Magny vs. Lorenz Larkin
Welterweight: Colby Covington vs. Max Griffin
Welterweight: Ning Guangyou vs. Marlon Vera
Welterweight: Alberto Uda vs. Marvin Vettori
UFC gave me a free pass to the UFC Manila Ultimate Media Day on May 14, 2015. I was about to walk upstairs when I saw Neil Magny and he was like walking in front of me, but were too starstruck to go up to him.
On March 10, 2015 during the UFC Fight Night Manila’s first ever On-Sale Event, I found out that the product of The Ultimate Fighter was in the card. Hyun Gyu Lim was his opponent. The fight I was most excited about.
On Fight Night’s Day, I saw Magny walking towards the coaster that took him and his team at the Mall Of Asia arena. So happy to finally gotten a photo with one of my favorite warriors of the octagon.
It was a rough first round for Magny as the jabs keep landing on him. I covered my eyes when Lim dropped him with a knee. After getting outscored by the Korean figher, Magny came back in round two. He showcased beautiful skilled grappling as he body lock and pound ‘The Ace’ out until the referee stops the fight. That TKO win moved his winning streak to seven and earned him the Performance Of The Night bonus. Magny’s seven-fight UFC winning streak was the longest active streak in the welterweight division. He was ranked 15th at that time.
Neil Magny and Hyu Gyun Lim and Manila UFC on May 16, 2015
He got submitted and was unable to get his 8th straight wins against Damian Maia at UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia but got himself a quick turnaround. Neil Magny agreed to step up for the injured Rick Story, beat Erick Silva at UFC Fight Night 74: Holloway vs. Oliveira.
The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale: Magny vs. Gastelum aka UFC Fight Night 78 was supposed to be a bout between Matt Brown and injured Kelvin Gastelum. 12-ranked Magny again accepted the fight on late notice and got the main event. This was his fifth fight in 2015. God bless this hard working soul more. Neil Magny’s work ethic is solid and that’s what creates great success. Magny was taking Gastelum to school on grappling. He earned a split decision victory and took home Fight of the Night bonus. He moved up on the 9th in the official UFC welterweight rankings.
Neil Magny’s first fight of 2016, met Hector Lombard at UFC Fight Night 85: Hunt vs. Mir. That was March 19 and my son’s birthday. The fight went controversial cause of the referee’s awful decision. Magny almost killed Lombard due to late stoppage. The former US army was smashing the defenselessly former Olympic judoka on top with his ground and pound. In that fight, I saw the best triangle choke and arm lock of the year. Neil Magny got the win and stoppage only in the third. It was a wild fight so no wonder it earned him the Performance Of The Night bonus.
Neil Magny is currently ranked no. 7 in the division. I knew from the beginning when I saw him coming from behind to finish Rodrigo De Lima at UFC Fight Night 43: Te Huna vs. Marquardt, Neil Magny is something! He is 11-3 in the UFC (18-4 overall) and the history of Elevation Fight Team’s welterweight contender are as follows:
⬆Defeated Hector Lombard in the third round by TKO (punches) at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Mir on March 20, 2016
⬆Defeated Kelvin Gastelum in round 5 by Decision (split) at The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale Latin America: Magny vs. Gastelum on November 21, 2015
⬆Defeated Erick Silva in round 3 by Decision (Split) at UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Oliveira on August 23, 2015
⬇Defeated by Demian Maia in the second round by Submission (rear-naked choke) at UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia on August 1, 2015
⬆Defeated Hyun Gyu Lim in the second round by TKO (punches) at UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber on May 16, 2015
⬆Defeated Kiichi Kunimoto in round 3 by Submission (rear-naked choke) at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch on February 14, 2015
⬆Defeated William Macario in the third round by TKO (punches) at UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes 2 on October 25, 2014
⬆Defeated Alex Garcia in the third round by Decision (unanimous) at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. dos Anjos on August 23, 2014
⬆Defeated Rodrigo de Lima in the second round by KO (punches) at UFC Fight Night: Te Huna vs. Marquardt on June 28, 2014
⬆Defeated Tim Means in round 3 by Decision (unanimous) at UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva on May 10, 2014
⬆Defeated Gasan Umalatov in round 3 by Decision (unanimous) at UFC 169: Barão vs. Faber II on February 1, 2014
⬇Defeated by Seth Baczynski in round 3 by Decision (unanimous) at UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 on November 6, 2013
⬇Defeated by Sérgio Moraes in Round 1 by Submission (triangle choke) at UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie on August 3, 2013
⬆Defeated Jon Manley in round 3 by Decision (unanimous) at UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche on February 23, 2013
He will try to get his second victory of 2016 (fourth consecutive) against Lorenz Larkin at UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2. He is scheduled to fight Dong Hyun Kim until the korean suffered from an injury. I so wanted him to fight Tyron Woodley then. Neil Magny fears no one and is notorious for taking fights when he got the call with a full camp or not.
This man is the most hard working with a heart I have ever seen. It sure would lead him to a spot near the top of the rankings and a title will be around his waist one day. Watch!
Neil Magny have gone on to achieve unbelievable levels of success. I am proud to call myself a fan.