Neil Magny


Anthony Rocco Martin on tap
May 20, 2020
Magny and Anthony Rocco Martin have agreed to a welterweight bout June 6 at UFC 250, Mike Bohn of USA Today reports.
The location of the event has yet to be officially announced, but it's expected to take place at the UFC Apex complex in Las Vegas. Magny returned to the octagon in March after being cleared of wrongdoing by the USDA, taking down Li Jingliang via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 248. Martin is 5-1 over his last six fights and was set to face David Zawada on April 25, but the event was one of many cancellations amid the ongoing pandemic.
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Cruises to UFC 248 win
March 7, 2020
Magny defeated Li Jingliang via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 248 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was Magny's best and most complete effort in years. Having hit a rough spot with a 2-2 record in his past four fights, Magny came out and thoroughly dominated Li. He gave up a pair of early takedowns but quickly worked his way back to his feet and was in full control from there. Magny overwhelmed the smaller Li with combinations and his world-class cardio. Magny is always in great shape and that is one of his biggest advantages every single time he steps into the octagon. Magny's ceiling is limited by his lack of athleticism but he has plenty of experience against high-end competition and he has enough ability to defeat any opponent who doesn't show up ready to fight and that's what happened on Saturday.
Slated to fight Jingliang in Vegas
December 18, 2019
Magny (21-7-0) reached a verbal agreement Tuesday to fight Li Jingliang (17-5-0) at UFC 248 in Las Vegas on March 7, Raphael Marinho of reports.
Magny hasn't fought since suffering a knockout loss to Santiago Ponizinibbio in November 2018, with a suspension due to a positive test for a banned substance keeping him out of the Octagon. The 32-year-old's violation was later determined to have been the result of Magny taking contaminated supplements, so he'll now be in the clear to resume his MMA career. Even after his lengthy absence, Magny, who owns a 14-6-0 record in the UFC, remains the promotion's 15th-ranked fighter in the welterweight division.
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.
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.