Sports Magny 'dumbfounded' after not getting Chimaev fight

04:06  29 october  2020
04:06  29 october  2020 Source:   thescore.com

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[MEDIA] Per the Ariel Helwani show this Tuesday Morning, Neil Magny give his thoughts on the Chimaev fight falling through, and his though his team might have thought that Leon Edwards was the easier fight for him, he matched up better against Leon Edwards than he would have against me".

Neil Magny joins Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show to discuss his frustration about not getting the fight against Khamzat Chimaev , with Leon Edwards getting the bout on Dec. 19. (10:25) Magny says he’s going to start being more vocal, referencing Chael Sonnen’s comments about him weeks ago about

UFC welterweight contender Neil Magny is disappointed he won't be fighting Khamzat Chimaev on Dec. 19.

Neil Magny with a racket © Icon Sportswire / Getty

Magny expressed interest in the matchup earlier in October, and UFC president Dana White noted that he was among the few fighters willing to take the clash.

But the promotion went in a different direction, booking Chimaev - the sport's hottest prospect - against No. 3-ranked Leon Edwards in the UFC Fight Night main event in Las Vegas.

"It was pretty frustrating that I didn't get that matchup," Magny told ESPN's Ariel Helwani in an interview released Wednesday. "But it was even more frustrating that it went to Leon Edwards."

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If Khamzat beats Magny (a risky fight ) he really didn't advance very far up the ladder. Edwards is dangerous too - in a very different way - but There was an interview with Chimaev from this weekend where they asked what happened with the Magny fight . Khamzat said that Magny had declined since

So Magny turned down the fight ? Magny is out? This is ridiculous. UFC reported that Maia was a done deal. Then we were told Wonderboy was signed. Then Magny . Yet we got nothing. I wish they wouldn't report any of this bullshit until it is truly signed.

Magny said his manager told him last week that the Chimaev fight was a "done deal." The next day, Magny found out about the Edwards booking, and he was "dumbfounded." He still doesn't know what happened.

"The only thing I can possibly think of that caused this fight not to go through is (Chimaev's) team thought it was a better matchup for him," Magny said. "I'm not gonna sit there and tout my own horn and say that fighting a No. 8 guy is a better deal than fighting a No. 3 guy. But I'm pretty sure his team might've thought that Leon Edwards is the easier fight for him."

Magny is coming off a win over former champion Robbie Lawler in August. Now, all he can do is wait for a new matchup.

"I honestly feel kind of defeated by the whole situation," Magny said. "I mean, if it wasn't Khamzat, then give me somebody. Give me (Michael) Chiesa, give me 'Wonderboy,' give me any of these guys that are ranked and haven't fought in a while."

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