Neil Magny explains what it’s like to fight upcoming contenders: “I’m used to it”

Neil Magny feels pressure fighting competitive opponents.

by Aryan Lakhani
Neil Magny explains what it’s like to fight upcoming contenders: “I’m used to it”
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Neil Magny has been fighting a lot of young rising fighters lately; after facing a tough loss against Ian Machado Garry, Magny will face Mike Malott this Saturday night. Since Neil Magny has been on and off with winning, it will be a little difficult for him to secure a fight with contenders from the top 15 rankings.

Neil Magny does not mind fighting these young fighters, but it isn’t ideal for him. A win is crucial for both fighters if progressing in the competitive division is a goal to achieve.

Neil Magny on fighting Mike Malott

During the recent media day, Neil Magny shared his thoughts on fighting Mike Malott and explained what it’s like to be in such situations.

“It’s definitely not the plan to find myself in this position over and over again,” Magny said, as quoted by “The goal is definitely to move forward that I keep advancing and keep doing my thing, but that stuff happens.

It’s the way this port plays out. If you lose a ranked fight, you fall back in the rankings and you kind of have to win yourself back into position to call someone above and keep climbing and moving forward. But yeah, here we are again fighting an undefeated up-and-comer in the UFC.

It’s something I’m used to at this point. I don’t think I enjoy that pressure, but I think I thrive in that kind of pressure, especially on this fight. I feel like there’s a lot on the line. It’s a main card fight in Canada fighting a Canadian guy in his home turf.

The bar is definitely set up pretty high for me to go out there and get it done. If you’re the older guy fighting the up-and-coming guy, it’s like kind of someone kind of replacing your throne, so to speak”.