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UFC Vegas 26 results: Neil Magny uses volume striking attack to outpace Geoff Neal and win unanimous decision

UFC Fight Night: Magny v Neal Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Neil Magny thrives being the underdog and he proved that yet again at UFC Vegas 26.

Facing a ferocious knockout artist in Geoff Neal on Saturday night, Magny just stayed composed while avoiding the power punches and then he just continuously peppered away with a volume striking attack to outwork and outpace his opponent over three rounds. The end result was a unanimous decision victory with the judges scoring the fight 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 with Magny getting the job done.

“It feels great,” Magny said afterwards. “Going out there and getting it done, prove the doubters wrong. I can’t wait to do it again. It got to the point where cardio became a weapon of mine. It’s proven time and time again to help me in fights.

After admitting that he was a little gun shy in his last fight, Neal was immediately throwing with bad intentions as he went head hunting on Magny, who was doing his best to weather the storm. Neal was doing a good job closing the distance on his longer opponent and connecting with punishing punches.

While Neal was definitely packing more power, Magny was able to slow him down from the clinch and then fire back with strikes from the outside whenever they separated.

The second round was more of the same with Neal putting on the pressure and Magny constantly active with a volume striking attack. Neal was still managing to land on target with single shots but he was also being forced to defend three and four shot combinations from Magny.

Magny’s conditioning also started paying dividends as he was pumping out a jab, throwing knees and using movement to make Neal chase after him. He was always aware of Neal’s power but he was just outworking the former Contender Series winner and by the end of the third round, Magny was still bouncing on his feet looking like he could go for another 15 minutes.

Following a disappointing loss in his last outing against Michael Chiesa, Magny bounced back with an impressive showing over Neal and now he’s looking for another ranked opponent while mentioning Vicente Luque as a possible challenge in his future.

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