Magny has fought the who’s who at 170 pounds, with notable wins in excess of previous title challengers Kelvin Gastelum and Carlos Condit, as well as former UFC welterweight champions Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler.
But with most of those victories coming against stars who ended up on dropping streaks, the validity of people wins have at times been questioned, which irks Magny (24-8 MMA, 17-7 UFC). Nevertheless Neal (13-3 MMA, 5-1 UFC) is coming off a reduction to former two-time title challenger Stephen Thompson, he continues to be a hazardous best contender.
“At this level, it is much more about me redeeming myself and doing the matters that I know I’m capable of performing,” Magny explained to MMA Junkie at Wednesday’s media working day at the UFC Apex. “It just so happened that Geoff’s the dude that I get to go out there and struggle next. I have a large amount of respect for him as a competitor. He’s completed a ton of excellent factors in the activity so far. Up until the struggle with Stephen Thompson, he was undefeated in the UFC, so to be in a position to go out there and exam myself from an up-and-comer like that, I’m sort of energized about it.
“As dominant as my very last few of wins have been, everybody likes to place an asterisk on it like, ‘Oh yeah, Neil dominated Robbie Lawler, but Robbie Lawler is on the bottom of his occupation,’ so it is like give me these up-and-coming guys that you fellas want to see in the prime 10, top rated 5 and enable me facial area them in their prime so there’s no asterisk, there’s no 2nd guessing, there is no ‘maybe he conquer this guy due to the fact he was earlier his prime’ or nearly anything like that. I can hang with the greatest in the globe, so that’s what I’m heading to go out there and do.”
Magny admits that he did not essentially get the greatest variety of Lawler when he conquer him in August, which is why he’s keen to show that he can leading the surging prospective clients at 170 lbs.
“I could absolutely experience like all correct, you know what, perhaps the guy is a minimal unique,” Magny reported. “But to go out there and establish myself is what I want to do. I want to go out there and struggle the most effective fellas in their most effective condition. I want to defeat them in their key, and that enables me to experience far better about my achievements and my wins, as very well.”
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To see the total interview with Magny, examine out the online video earlier mentioned.