- Neil Magny and Geoff Neal are set to fight at UFC on ESPN 24.
- Magny and Neal were originally booked to fight last August but Neal pulled out of the bout with a serious medical issue.
- Neal is coming off a loss to Stephen Thompson while Magny lost to Michael Chiesa in his last bout.
Neil Magny and Geoff Neal are getting another chance at going at each other.
According to a report from ESPN, the two ranked welterweights are set to clash on May 8th at UFC on ESPN 24. The UFC has yet to make an official announcement but according to the sources, the promotion is finalizing the bout. The event will be headlined by the return of former featherweight champion T.J. Dillashaw who will take on the rising Cory Sandhagen.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 7, 2021
Magny and Neal were originally penciled to face each other last August, but the bout was called off after Neal was hospitalized and placed in the ICU with a health scare. Former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler stepped in to replace Neal and Magny went on to defeat Lawler by unanimous decision.
Three Fight Win Streak Ended
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Magny saw his three-fight winning streak end at the hands of Michael Chiesa at UFC Fight Island 8 last January at the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi. Both men had their moments in the five round encounter but in the end, it was Chiesa who clearly did more and won via scores of 49-46 across all scorecards.
Prior to that loss, Magny was on a roll. He won five out of his last six bouts including consecutive victories over Li Jingliang, Anthony Rocco Martin, and Lawler. The 33-year old from Brooklyn, New York was a semifinalist at The Ultimate Fighter season 16 tournament. Magny was the busiest fighter in the UFC in 2014 and 2015 with a total of 10 bouts during that period but he has slowed down with no more than two fights per year since 2017.
The Denver-based fighter is an eight-year veteran of the UFC and his 17 wins in the welterweight division is second only to Georges St. Pierre for most wins in the division. Magny has never gotten a chance to fight for the UFC belt and given his age, this could be his final run at the belt which makes this fight very important for him.
First Loss in Eight Bouts
Geoff Neal on last nights fight: pic.twitter.com/H5QbIBfNPS
— Spinnin Backfist (@SpinninBackfist) December 20, 2020
Like Magny, Geoff Neal is also coming off a loss that snapped his winning streak. The 30-year old from Austin, Texas known as Handz of Steel was on a tear, winning seven fights in a row, including six via stoppage, before he ran into Stephen Thompson in the final UFC event of the year.
The best UFC betting sites had Neal as the betting favorite heading to the fight as Wonderboy had won just two out of his last six bouts. But Wonderboy turned back the hands of time once again, just as he did against Vicente Luque, and outstruck Neal for five rounds, winning via scores of 50-45 in all of the judges’ scorecards.
After the loss, Neal detailed the challenges he faced before facing Wonderboy inside the Octagon. These included sepsis, congestive heart failure, and three of his cornermen testing positive for COVID-19. He was hospitalized for three-and-a-half months and took various measures while preparing for the Thompson bout.