Neil Magny was scheduled to be back in action at UFC Fight Night Rochester, facing Vicente Luque in a welterweight division clash, unfortunately, a USADA violation prevented that.
The welterweight contender is coming off of a loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC Fight Night Buenos Aires, but Magny says having better preparation is what he learned from that defeat.
“The biggest thing is preparation, I mean one of the worst feelings in that fight was sitting there getting my butt kicked and hearing his coaches telling him some techniques and some things to do in the fight. I’m sitting there and as I’m getting my butt kicked, I’m like ‘damn, that’s some good advice. These guys really prepared a hard burn for this fight, they did their homework and really studied and did the things to make sure that he’d really be successful in this fight.’ That was my biggest takeaway coming from that fight, I’m a guy who’s always gonna work hard…I’m always gonna bust my butt and outwork every single person in the room. But at the end of the day, I need to focus on what it is I’m working hard at. So that was the biggest takeaway from that fight, just me sitting down with my coaches…getting a plan together and making sure that I am not going through the motions of training, but really focusing on the things that are gonna help me be successful come fight time,” says Magny in an exclusive interview with Fightful’s James Lynch.
Magny had won two bouts before the loss to Ponzinibbio, which included a victory over former UFC Interim Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit at UFC 219.
There have been a lot of successful crossovers from the MMA world to the pro wrestling world, but Magny doesn’t expect to add his name to that list.
“Maybe, I’m the Haitian Sensation. No, those guys…they spend a lot of time learning those techniques and that kind of thing. I don’t think I’ll actually have the time to dedicate to what it takes to become successful in the wrestling and entertainment side of things, so probably not. As much as I would love to get that one match in, I don’t think I’ll ever have the time to train the way I’m supposed to to get it done,” says Magny.
Fightful will keep you updated on Magny and his status with the UFC.