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.
Do you want to see it? Vote in the poll below.view original article >>
May represents a critical month for the UFC welterweight division, and Neil Magny is eager to make his mark at UFC Fight Night 130. read news >>
UFC champ Tyron Woodley doesn’t like Darren Till’s chances of defeating Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night 130. Till, however, isn’t bothered. read news >>
Robert Whittaker is “pro pay-per-view” now that he’s a champion, so anything that helps more people buy UFC 225 is fine by him. read news >>
While the main event has yet to be finalized, the UFC’s debut event in Liverpool, England, continues to fill out. read news >>
A welterweight matchup between Neil Magny and Gunnar Nelson is on tap for the UFC's upcoming debut card in Liverpool, England on May 27. UFC officials confirmed the matchup on Tuesday. Nelson will fi read news >>
In December 2015, Rose Namajunas ended Paige VanZant's four-fight winning streak when the two met in the UFC Fight Night 80 main event in Las Vegas. read news >>