Neil Magny Wants to Fight Khamzat Chimaev Even “More”, Following Latter’s UFC 267 Win
By FCF Staff
Khamzat Chimaev stormed through welterweight contender Li Jingliang at UFC 267 to record his tenth straight win as a professional. But, Chimaev’s impressive win hasn’t deterred Neil Magny from making it clear he still wants to fight the rising star.
Chimaev quickly took Jungliang down during their fight on Saturday, and proceeded to choke the welterweight out with a rear-naked choke. It was the latest, dominant win for Chimaev, who has finished every opponent he’s faced to date.
Magny offered to fight Chimaev last year, and following the latter’s latest win, he did so again while talking to MMA Junkie.
“I was going about my day after the fight happened and I was getting messages with the same old routine saying, ‘No one wants to fight this guy.’ ‘I doubt on Monday when the new rankings come out that anyone in the top 10 will fight this guy.’ ‘He’s just a monster and everyone is going to do their best to avoid him,’” Magny said. “I’m sitting there reading these comments over and over again like, ‘What? No way. I wanted to fight this guy a year ago.’ Nothing has changed today. He did come back, he did look impressive against Jingliang, but for me it adds fuel to the fire. It makes me want to fight him more than I did last year.
The 34-year-old Magny (25-8) also proceeded to propose a December 18th bout with the 27-year-old Chimaev (10-0).
“I was offered a fight for Dec. 18 and the fight ended up falling through because the opponent got injured shortly after. As of now, the UFC is working actively to get me a replacement for Dec. 18. So in a perfect world, this fight takes place Dec. 18. He absorbed zero damage against Jingliang, and I think in my opinion that would be a good turnaround for him. I would give him ample time to get back in the gym and get ready to face a tough opponent like me and go out there and put out and amazing fight.”
Magny is coming off a decision win over Geoff Neal this past May, and has gone 4-1 in his last 5 fights.