Returning to the winner’s enclosure at UFC Vegas 26 on Saturday, very long time welterweight contender, Neil Magny maintains he’s nonetheless open to the opportunity of standing reverse, Khamzat Chimaev sooner or later in a bid to propel his profession additional, nonetheless, claims he can’t wait round on his return.
That includes for the primary time since a UFC Combat Island 8 important occasion loss to the #6 ranked, Michael Chiesa, division mainstay, Magny handed kickboxing standout, Geoff Neal his second consecutive loss by way of unanimous determination in a important card bout on the UFC Apex facility over the weekend.
Following his judging loss to The Final Fighter 15 victor, Chiesa, Magny was subsequently linked to a return towards the above-mentioned undefeated, Chimaev — who has seen three scheduled pairings with the #3 ranked 170lbs contender, Leon Edwards shelved.
Coping with well being points amid a optimistic COVID-19 check end result final yr, Chimaev hinted at a doable retirement from skilled blended martial arts, nonetheless, UFC president, Dana White maintained that he anticipated a summer time return for the AllStars MMA mainstay, earlier than Chechnya chief, Ramzan Kadyrov defined that he spoke personally with Chimaev the place he reminded him of his affect on the youthful technology of the nation.
Chimaev’s supervisor, Al Abdelaziz additionally confirmed that Chimaev was in line for a doable August return, inviting the prospect of a showdown towards Elevation Combat Group staple, Magny subsequent.
Talking with media assembled following UFC Vegas 26 on Saturday, Magny claimed he can be open to sharing the Octagon with Chimaev subsequent, however maintained he can’t wait on his return.
“I’m at this level the place Khamzat (Chimaev) is that this nice competitor,” Magny mentioned. “I can positively struggle him and propel my profession ahead. However on the identical time, I can’t put my profession and life on maintain to hope that he’s higher (medically). The man has pulled out of three fights over the previous couple of months. So for me to sort of put all my eggs in a single basket and look forward to him and hope that he’s prepared this summer time, it’s simply silly on my finish.“
“I believe if he prioritizes getting wholesome and might really full a camp and present as much as a struggle, then certain, that’s a struggle that I’m positively concerned with,” Magny continued. “However so far as placing my life on maintain for him, I’ve issues that I need to accomplish and time will not be my greatest pal at this level, so I can’t wait round for him.“
Specifically, Magny hopes to perform his objective of incomes a title shot and finally lifting welterweight gold in addition to offering for his household in the identical breath.
“On the finish of the day, the title shot and changing into a UFC champion is the tip objective,” Magny defined. “However I’ve to be lifelike concerning the path I take to get there. I’m one damage away from by no means preventing once more. I’m one alternative away from by no means preventing once more. So I’ve to be cautious of that and concentrate on that. I do have a son to supply for, so ideas do cross my thoughts on the subject of how lengthy I’m sitting round and ready for my subsequent struggle. On the finish of the day, the gold belt can be nice. However offering for my household is my primary objective at this level.” (H/T MMA Junkie)
Regardless of the falter reverse Chiesa in Abu Dhabi, UAE initially of the yr, Magny has now gained 4 of his final 5 Octagon outings, including Neal to a latest run which incorporates successes towards Li Jingliang, Anthony Rocco Martin, and former welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler.
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