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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