Finishing strong has been a trademark of Magny’s career and he had to put that gift on display against Griffin after he was dropped in the opening round. Griffin’s right hand and unconventional movement proved to be an effective combination throughout the fight, especially in Round 1 when he landed a clean shot that put Magny down. However, Magny was able to recover and finish strong.
That effort carried into Round 2 where Magny absorbed more right hands, but also fired back with straight punches down the middle. He was able to draw the elusive Griffin into a few back-and-forth exchanges and again looked to be the aggressor at the end of a close round.
The third round was a clear frame for Magny as he went to his wrestling and took Griffin’s back. Though he wasn’t able to do much damage, he applied relentless pressure to Griffin and almost dropped Griffin on his head with a slam just before the final buzzer.
Outside of Griffin’s early knockdown, it didn’t look as if either fighter had pulled away in a competitive fight and the scores reflected that with a pair of 29-28s going in Magny’s favor and one going to Griffin.
Afterwards, Magny used his post-fight interview to announce he is still chasing a fight with Khamzat Chimaev. He’ll likely have to wait a while as Chimaev is scheduled to fight Gilbert Burns at UFC 273 on April 9.
Whether he gets the Chimaev fight or not, Magny (26-8) can now lay claim to sharing the record for the most UFC wins at 170 pounds with the legendary St-Pierre, widely regarded as the greatest welterweight fighter in MMA history. It took Magny more appearances to get there, but his UFC record now stands at a sturdy 19-7. He has won five of his past six fights.