Initially scheduled to fulfill at UFC Vegas 8 final August, the welterweight matchup of division mainstay, Neil ‘The Haitian Sensation’ Magny, and kickboxing expertise, Geoff ‘Handz of Metal’ Neal has been reworked to land at UFC Battle Evening 189 on Might 8. — with a location or venue for the occasion but to be decided by the group.
Assembly former welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler on brief discover, Magny clashed with the veteran after some worrying well being points pressured Neal’s withdrawal from the occasion, as he required hospitalization.
Seeing his three-fight profitable spree halted at UFC Battle Island 8 in January, Mangy headlined the Abu Dhabi, UAE occasion on brief discover in opposition to Michael Chiesa after the cancellation of a pairing between Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev — dropping a unanimous determination defeat.
Headlining for the primary time in his most up-to-date stroll, Neal returned in December at UFC Vegas 17 — dropping a unanimous judging loss to two-time division title challenger, Stephen Thompson. Information of the rescheduling of Magny and Neal was first reported by ESPN MMA reporter, Brett Okamoto.
A welterweight mainstay in each sense of the phrase, the #9 rated Magny has featured an eye catching twenty-four instances below the group’s banner — along with his debut coming again in February of 2013 at UFC 157.
Having fun with a profession resurgence previous to his one-sided grappling loss to Chiesa, Magny managed to knock again the aforenoted, Lawler, Anthony Rocco Martin, and Li Jingliang.
Along with his prior talked about judging win over Lawler final August, Magny moved inside a singular win of tying former two-weight champion, Georges St-Pierre for essentially the most wins within the historical past of the UFC’s welterweight division.
Amongst his wins, the Elevation Battle Group trainee has bested the likes of Tim Means, Erick Silva, Kelvin Gastelum, Hector Lombard, Johny Hendricks, and Carlos Condit to call a couple of.
30-year-old Texan, Neal is a product of Dana White’s Contender Sequence — scoring a first-round knockout win over Chase Waldon again in 2017 earlier than his transition to the UFC.
Capturing via the ranks previous to his loss to Thompson, the now-#11 ranked, Neal has bested Brian Camozzi, Frank Camacho, Belal Muhammad, Niko Worth, and Mike Perry throughout his transient promotional stint.
UFC Battle Evening 189 takes place on Might 8. — with a bantamweight title-eliminator between the surging #2 ranked contender, Cory Sandhagen, and former two-time division gold holder, T.J. Dillashaw taking fundamental occasion standing — because the latter makes his return from a two-year USADA suspension.