An exciting welterweight bout between top-15 ranked contenders Geoff Neal and Neil Magny has been added to an upcoming UFC event in May.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto first reported the UFC was finalizing the Neal vs. Magny fight for the promotion’s upcoming Fight Night event on May 8. That card features a five-round bantamweight headliner between former teammates TJ Dillashaw and Cory Sandhagen. It seems likely that the Neal vs. Magny bout will land somewhere on the main card. The UFC has not confirmed a venue or a location for this event yet. Though the promotion has generally been holding events in Las Vegas, it will travel to Florida and Texas in the next two months, and this card could potentially be shifted to those states.
Either way, regardless of where this fight takes place it’s a fantastic battle between two stud welterweights. Neal (13-3) is the No. 11 ranked welterweight in the UFC and he has a 5-1 overall record in the promotion. Though Neal is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Stephen Thompson in his last fight, he had won five straight fights in the Octagon before that, including wins over the likes of Mike Perry, Belal Muhammad, and Niko Price. The 30-year-old Texas native has dealt with several health issues over the last few years, but he appears to be healthy and ready to go once again now.
Magny (24-8) is the No. 9 ranked welterweight in the UFC. The 33-year-old American is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Michael Chiesa in his last fight, but he had won three straight fights before that over Anthony Rocco Martin, Li Jingliang, and Robbie Lawler. It’s worth noting that Magny vs. Neal was supposed to happen in August 2020, but Neal had to withdraw from that fight, which led to Magny fighting the former champion Lawler and defeating him.
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