Carlos Condit returns to face Neil Magny at UFC 219

Carlos Condit wanted a fight from the UFC, and now he’s got one.

Two weeks after lobbying UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby for a bout, the promotion today announced it has booked Condit (30-10 MMA, 7-6 UFC) to face Neil Magny (19-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC) at UFC 219, the year’s final show at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event, slated for Dec. 30, will air on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Condit, 33, last was seen in the octagon 13 months ago at UFC on FOX 21. He hoped to get back into title contention with a win over Demain Maia. Instead, he wound up tapping to the Brazilian submission ace.

The loss left Condit 2-5 in his past seven appearances, with two of his setbacks coming in title bouts. Condit had already pondered retirement after falling short against champ Robbie Lawler in a nail-biter at UFC 195.

After the Maia loss, Condit wondered if he had what it took to compete at the highest level. But he shied away from making any definitive statements about his future. Then Condit retreated from the spotlight and mostly kept quiet about his life. Speculation about a career as a personal trainer was stoked by a post on social media.

Three years ago, Condit took on current champion Tyron Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) in a bout with title implications. After getting rocked in the first round, Condit suffered a knee injury that prematurely ended the fight.

In Magny, Condit faces a fighter who’s 4-3 in his past seven contests and was most recently submitted via arm-triangle choke by Rafael dos Anjos last month at UFC 215. Magny recently had been called out by Kamaru Usman, but that fight will have to wait.

With the addition, the UFC 216 lineup now includes:

  • Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera
  • Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza
  • Matheus Nicolau vs. Louis Smolka

For more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Kamaru Usman wants December bout with Neil Magny, who quickly responds

Dann StuppWhen you know the fight you want, why not just put it out there?

That seems to be Kamaru Usman’s plan, and for now, it seems like it might just work.

Usman (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC), who’s No. 11 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, has won six straight UFC fights and 11 consecutive bouts overall. Now, he wants a matchup against a fellow contender: No. 14-ranked Neil Magny (19-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC).

Usman, who initially called for a fight with former lightweight champ and No. 12-ranked Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC), set his sights on Magny on Thursday. He took his plea public, tagging Magny, MMAjunkie and other journalists in his tweet:

A receptive Magny responded just hours later (via Twitter):

They’re shooting for a December pay-per-view date, namely UFC 218, which takes place Dec. 2 in Detroit, or UFC 219, which is slated for Dec. 30 in Las Vegas (via Twitter):

UFC matchmakers prefer to match up recent winners with recent winners (and losers with losers). Usman, 29, recently scored a first-round knockout victory over Sergio Moraes to extend his four-year winning streak, but Magny is coming off a September loss to dos Anjos. However, the 30-year-old was on a 4-1 run (and 10-2 following back-to-back losses in 2013) before the RDA setback, and from a rankings and timing perspective (not to mention early feedback from fans), the matchup seems to make sense.

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For more on UFC 218 and UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Valentina Shevchenko and UFC 215's other losing fighters?

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(ALSO SEE: Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for UFC 215’s winning fighters?)

UFC 215 took place Saturday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with a five-fight pay-pay-per-view main card.

Valentina Shevchenko (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) fell short of claiming the UFC women’s bantamweight title in the headliner when she suffered a split-decision loss to Amanda Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC) to experience her second UFC blemish, both of which have come against “The Lioness.”

Some other fighters suffered notable losses, as well, with Neil Magny (19-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC) and Wilson Reis (22-8 MMA, 6-4 UFC) suffering stoppage losses, and Tyson Pedro (6-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Gilbert Melendez (22-7 MMA, 1-5 UFC) falling short on the scorecards.

After every event, fans wonder whom the losing fighters will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 215’s losing fighters.

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Gilbert Melendez

Jason Knight

Should fight: Jason Knight
Why they should fight: Melendez’s experimental drop to the featherweight division didn’t go according to plan against Jeremy Stephens, and now the former Strikeforce champion is sitting on a four-fight losing skid and is winless over a nearly four-year period.

Although he’s had two title shots and a “Fight of the Year” contender with Diego Sanchez in 2013, Melendez’s run in the UFC can likely be summed up as disappointing, especially when considering only the number of wins and losses.

At 35, it remains to be seen if Melendez will want to continue to fight much longer, especially with ownership of his own gym and an analyst gig with ESPN. Assuming he wants to continue, and stay at featherweight, a number of interesting fights are available in the division.

A slugger such as Knight (20-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) could potentially bring out the best in Melendez, and if it went the other way, Knight would add a legitimate name to his resume following a knockout loss to Ricardo Lamas at UFC 214 in July.

Tyson Pedro

Gian Villante

Should fight: Gian Villante
Why they should fight: Pedro experienced the first defeat of his career when he fell short with a unanimous-decision loss to Swedish powerhouse Ilir Latifi.

After a six-fight winning streak to begin his career, Pedro couldn’t rise to the level of his most elite opponent to date, and that shows he’s not quite ready for the higher-tier fighters in the light-heavyweight division.

A matchup with Villante (15-9 MMA, 5-6 UFC) wouldn’t be a big step back from Latifi, but he would present a winnable fight for the Australian that would also afford him a chance to add a notable name to his resume.

Wilson Reis

Brandon Moreno

Should fight: Brandon Moreno
Why they should fight: After being handed a brutal beatdown at the hands of flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson earlier this year, Reis took an even more one-sided loss when Henry Cejudo knocked him out cold in the matchup of former title challengers.

Reis was unable to accomplish anything in just over a round of cage time with Cejudo, and he got picked apart and ultimately finished with a series of second-round strikes. It’s unfamiliar territory for the Brazilian, who had never been finished in the UFC prior to this current skid.

Given the nature of his past two fights, it would probably be in Reis’ best interest to take a little time off. Once he’s recovered and recharged, though, a bout with fellow grappling specialist Moreno (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) would be as compelling as any other available option at 125 pounds.

Neil Magny

Gunnar Nelson

Should fight: Gunnar Nelson
Why they should fight: After sitting out for eight months, Magny suffered a setback in his return to the octagon in the form of a first-round submission loss to former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.

Magny has been stellar over the past few years, but in recent fights, he’s run into some issues that have prevented him from getting his hand raised. The American will need to make some adjustments in order to reach greater heights in the division, but many compelling matchups remain.

Nelson (16-3-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) dangerous ground game and evolving striking would clash well with Magny’s versatile offense and defense. Both men would enter the fight off a loss, meaning even greater stakes and risk when they share the octagon.

Valentina Shevchenko

Should fight: Sara McMann
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Shevchenko should fight McMann (11-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) next after her title-fight loss.

For more on UFC 215, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Twitter reacts to Rafael dos Anjos' submission of Neil Magny at UFC 215

Rafael dos Anjos looked absolutely incredible in his second fight at welterweight, dominating Neil Magny en route to a first-round finish in Saturday’s UFC 215 co-main event.

Former UFC lightweight champ dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC) improved to 2-0 at 170 pounds when he grounded and submitted Magny (19-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC) early in the first round of the pay-per-view headliner, which took place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to dos Anjos’s victory over Magny at UFC 215.

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UFC 215 results: Rafael dos Anjos runs through Neil Magny to stake title claim

Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC) may soon find himself challenging for a welterweight belt following an impressive first-round finish of Neil Magny (19-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC).

The welterweight bout was the co-headliner on today’s UFC 215 main card, which took place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and aired on pay-per-view.

Magny started quickly, rushing out and looking to use his range to strike on the outside. However, dos Anjos fired a big low kick that swept his opponent to the floor, and the Brazilian immediately pushed down to secure top position. Magny scrambled well underneath, working a deep half-guard to try and recover position, but dos Anjos proved heavy on top, eventually moving to side control and then stepping over to mount. Magny tried to turn and escape but wound up getting his left arm caught inside, and dos Anjos happily locked in an arm-triangle choke. Magney initially relented, but dos Anjos’ positioning was secure, and he continued to squeeze until he got the tap at the 3:43 mark of the opening round.

Following the win, dos Anjos is now 2-0 in the UFC’s welterweight division. Magny falls to 1-2 in his past three appearances.

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UFC 215 staff picks: Who's picking title change in new Nunes-Shevchenko main event?

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The UFC is back in Canada this week for its return to pay-per-view – and what was supposed to be a pair of title fights before Thursday’s late scratch of the main event.

UFC 215 takes place Saturday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

The main event was set to feature dominant flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) against challenger Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC). “Mighty Mouse” was attempting to break Anderson Silva’s record for consecutive UFC title defenses in the fight. But Borg was pulled on Thursday due to an illness, which means Johnson’s shot at history is on hold.

The previous co-feature has been elevated to the main event. Women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) puts her belt on the line against Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in a rematch. Nunes won the first fight by unanimous decision at UFC 196, but is a slight underdog this time around. Shevchenko has a 6-4 edge from our staff.

In the new co-main event, former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (26-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC) will try to make it 2-0 as a welterweight when he takes on Neil Magny (19-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC). Dos Anjos is about a 2-1 favorite, and he has an 8-2 rout in our picks.

Also on the main card, a preliminary-card flyweight fight between recent title challengers Henry Cejudo (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Wilson Reis (22-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has been elevated. Cejudo is more than a 3-1 favorite and is the only unanimous choice from our staff members. Ilir Latifi (12-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) meets unbeaten Tyson Pedro (6-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) in a light heavyweight fight, and despite being a slight underdog, Pedro is the 8-2 selection from our staff.

And to open the main card, former Strikeforce champion and two-time UFC lightweight title challenger Gilbert Melendez (22-6 MMA, 1-4 UFC) moves down to featherweight to take on fellow veteran Jeremy Stephens (25-14 MMA, 12-13 UFC). Stephens is a slight favorite, but Melendez is near unanimous at 9-1 from our pickers.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Shevchenko, dos Anjos, Cejudo, Pedro and Melendez are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC 215, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 215's Neil Magny: Welterweight title shot 'within reach' if I beat Rafael dos Anjos

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EDMONTON – There is no clear-cut No. 1 contender to UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley at this time. Neil Magny believes he could slide right in should he defeat Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 215.

Dos Anjos (26-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC) was recently discussed as an alternate for Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) at UFC 214 in July if top contender Demian Maia wasn’t available. It didn’t come to fruition, but the consideration proves how highly the UFC regards the former lightweight champion, despite having just one bout at 170 pounds.

For Magny (19-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC), he’s won 11 of his past 13 UFC appearances with wins over key names such as ex-champ Johny Hendricks and “The Ultimate Fighter 17” winner Kelvin Gastelum. Putting a name like dos Anjos on his resume would lend even more credibility and, in his opinion, should set up a showdown with Woodley.

“I feel great for a potential title shot after this win,” Magny told MMAjunkie at Wednesday’s UFC 215 media day. “The biggest thing is to focus on beating dos Anjos first, but I’m pretty sure a title shot is within reach with an impressive performance against dos Anjos.”

UFC 215 takes place Saturday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Magny vs. dos Anjos airs on the pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Magny, No. 10 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, has become somewhat of a forgotten man in his division in recent months. Over the past several years he’s competed as much as anyone on the roster, but injuries have prevented him from stepping in the octagon in 2017.

After taking eight months between bouts to rest and rehab, Magny said he feels healthy and better than ever.

“This has been the longest layoff I’ve had in my entire professional career,” Magny said. “I’m just fortunate enough to be back. I had a back and neck injury that kept me from training. It was getting to the point where it was possibly going to need surgery, but through physical therapy and those things I was able to get back to training and avoid surgery.”

One thing that helped Magny get through his time off is the awareness his fellow contenders recognize his value to the weight class. He’s been repeatedly called out by the likes of Jorge Masvidal, Colby Covington, Kamaru Usman and others, but wasn’t physically capable of accepting any such matchups.

“That was the hardest part of it all, just getting called out week after week,” Magny said. “I was like, ‘Man, I haven’t fought in six months, and you guys have the biggest wins of your careers, and the first thing you bring up is me.’ On the other side of it, it made me feel pretty good knowing I had some job security once I got cleared by a doctor.”

Instead of fighting one of the names who requested him, Magny was paired against dos Anjos. He admits the bout came as somewhat of a surprise due to the fact the Brazilian wasn’t even in his division the last time he fought. However, Magny said he likes how his style meshes with dos Anjos, and he sees plenty of avenues to what would be a crucial victory.

“I win this fight by just going out there and being confident,” Magny said. “I know I have this fight in the bag. I’ve just got to go out there and execute at this point.”

For more on UFC 215, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC 215 and the championship doubleheader

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We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC 215 event, which features a championship doubleheader.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC 215 staff picks we release on Friday ahead of the event. UFC 215 takes place Saturday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg

Records: Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC), Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC)
Past five: Johnson 5-0, Borg 4-1
Division: Flyweight
Rankings: Johnson No. 1 (and No. 2 pound-for-pound), Borg No. 5
Odds (as of 9/3/17): Johnson -900, Borg +600

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Champ Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko

Records: Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC), Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Past five: Nunes 5-0, Shevchenko 4-1
Division: Women’s bantamweight
Rankings: Nunes No. 1, Shevchenko No. 2
Odds (as of 9/3/17): Shevchenko -120, Nunes -110

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Rafael dos Anjos vs. Neil Magny

Records: Rafael dos Anjos (26-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC), Neil Magny (19-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC)
Past five: dos Anjos 3-2, Magny 4-1
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: Magny No. 10
Odds (as of 9/3/17): dos Anjos -200, Magny +170

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Ilir Latifi vs. Tyson Pedro

Records: Ilir Latifi (12-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC), Tyson Pedro (6-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
Past five: Latifi 3-2, Pedro 5-0
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: Pedro honorable mention
Odds (as of 9/3/17): n/a

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Gilbert Melendez vs. Jeremy Stephens

Records: Gilbert Melendez (22-6 MMA, 1-4 UFC), Jeremy Stephens (25-14 MMA, 12-13 UFC)
Past five: Melendez 1-4, Stephens 2-3
Division: Featherweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 9/3/17): Stephens -120, Melendez +100

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Source: MMA Junkie

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Neil Magny, Mitch Clarke vs. Alex White headed to UFC 215 in Edmonton

Two new fights are ticketed for September’s UFC return to Canada.

Former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (26-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC) will continue his quest at welterweight when he meets Neil Magny (19-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC), and home fan favorite Mitch Clarke (11-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC) will take on Alex White (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at lightweight at UFC 215 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

UFc officials announced the new bookings today following an initial report from the Edmonton Journal.

UFC 215 takes place Sept. 9 at Rogers Place in Edmonton. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order and full lineup haven’t been finalized.

Dos Anjos got back in the win column in June with a unanimous decision win over Tarec Saffiedine in Singapore. That snapped a two-fight skid that started when he lost his lightweight title in July 2016 to Eddie Alvarez. He followed that up this past November with a decision loss to Tony Ferguson in a “Fight of the Night” winner in Mexico City. After that, he made the decision to move up to welterweight.

Neil Magny

Magny has won four of his past five fights and 11 of his past 13 for one of the best runs in UFC welterweight history. This past December, he got back on track with a unanimous decision win over former champ Johny Hendricks at UFC 207. Prior to that, he had a three-fight winning streak snapped with he was stopped by a Lorenz Larkin TKO in the first round at UFC 202.

Mitch Clarke

Clarke, an Edmonton resident, will be trying to get back on track in front of his home fans. He lost his first two UFC fights, both in Canada, after starting a perfect 9-0 in his career. But then he topped John Maguire by unanimous decision and stunned Al Iaquinta with a D’Arce choke at UFC 173 to win a performance bonus. But in his past two fights, he has losses to Michael Chiesa and Joseph Duffy. Clarke has had just one fight a year between 2012-2016, and his fight with White will be his first in 2017.

Alex White

White needs a rebound of his own. After starting a perfect 10-0 in his career, including a knockout win over Estevan Payan, he has dropped three of his past four. A decision win over Artem Lobov at UFC Fight Night 82 in February 2016 is the lone bright spot in a three-year stretch that includes losses to Lucas Martins, Clay Collard and Tony Martin, the latter coming in January after moving to lightweight from featherweight.

With the additions, the latest UFC 215 card includes:

  • Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg – for flyweight title
  • Champ Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko – for women’s bantamweight title
  • Junior Dos Santos vs. Francis Ngannou
  • Gilbert Melendez vs. Jeremy Stephens
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis
  • Ilir Latifi vs. Tyson Pedro
  • Sara McMann vs. Ketlen Vieira
  • Rick Glenn vs. Gavin Tucker
  • Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Sarah Moras
  • Arjan Bhullar vs. Luis Henrique
  • Kajan Johnson vs. Adriano Martins
  • Rafael dos Anjos vs. Neil Magny
  • Mitch Clarke vs. Alex White

For more on UFC 215, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie

UFC's Neil Magny says he's been medically cleared to fight after 8-month layoff

It appears one of the top welterweights in the world is ready to get back to work after his longest break from competition in more than six years.

Neil Magny (19-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC), who hasn’t fought since earning a unanimous-decision win over former UFC champion Johny Hendricks at UFC 207 in December, has been dealing with injury issues all this year. He’s finally healthy, though, and said he’s ready to return to action.

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Magny, No. 10 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, has won 13 of his past 15 UFC appearances. On top of beating Hendricks, the 29-year-old also owns recent wins over Hector Lombard, Kelvin Gastelum and Erick Silva.

Despite the long break, Magny has been the recipient of numerous callouts from fellow 170-pound fighters in recent months, including Santiago Ponzinibbio, Colby Covington, Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal.

Magny did not specify the nature of his injury or when he wants to fight, but with clearance from a doctor, it’s assumed he’s ready to be booked as soon as possible.

For more on the upcoming UFC schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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