Two welterweight contenders looking to bounce back from recent losses will collide on Dec. 30 when former UFC champion Johny Hendricks takes on Neil Magny at UFC 207. The UFC announced the bout late Tuesday night.
Hendricks (17-5) is currently in the midst of the worst slump of his UFC career, having lost three of his four bouts since he defeated Robbie Lawler at UFC 171 to claim the vacant welterweight title. The 33-year-old Hendricks suffered the first back-to-back losses of his career over that time, starting with a nasty first-round knockout at the hands of Stephen Thompson in February and continuing with a unanimous decision loss to Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 200.
Hendricks has also seen his weight-cutting struggles come to a head since the end of his title reign. His bout against Tyron Woodley at UFC 192 was scrapped when Hendricks was hospitalized with an intestinal blockage and kidney stones while cutting down to the welterweight limit. Hendricks then missed weight for the first official time in his UFC career at UFC 200 when he tipped the scales at 171.25 pounds, just .25 pounds over the division's limits.
Prior to the setback, Magny was one of the division's hottest fighters, winning 10 of his 11 fights since 2014. Included in that run were victories over Gastelum, Hector Lombard, Tim Means, and Erick Silva.
An updated UFC 207 fight card can be seen below.
- Amanda Nunes vs. Ronda Rousey
- Johny Hendricks vs. Neil Magny
- Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira
- Brandon Thatch vs. Sabah Homasi
- Mike Pyle vs. Alex Garcia