The co-main event for UFC Liverpool is set. That, and more, in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Neil Magny vs. Craig White, UFC Fight Night 130
A welterweight bout between Neil Magny and Craig White will take place at UFC Fight Night 130, which goes down Sunday, May 27 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. The news of the fight was made official by the UFC. White is filling in on short notice for the injured Gunnar Nelson. Magny (20-6) is coming off of a huge decision win over Carlos Condit and has won five of his last seven fights overall. His last loss came against Rafael dos Anjos, who is fighting for the interim title next. With a 13-5 record overall in the UFC, Magny is one of the best 170lbers on the planet. White (14-7) is riding a four-fight win streak and was the Cage Warriors welterweight champion. He is an intriguing prospect with a surprising amount of experience against solid opposition, and he won a fight in March. He is also fighting out of England, so he made sense as a short-notice replacement for Magny once Nelson fell out. I personally was hoping the UFC would book Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos against Magny but White is more realistic considering he is a local. Although White is a promising prospect with some potential, Magny is one of the best welterweights in the UFC and should be a huge favorite to win this fight. With his UFC experience combined with his well-rounded game as well as a full training camp, I believe Magny should be a monster favorite here.
UFC Moscow Official
One of the worst-kept secrets in MMA is official, as the UFC has officially confirmed it is heading to Moscow, Russia on Saturday, September 15 for a Fight Night Event to be held at Olympic Stadium. As of yet there have been no bouts announced, and it’s not expected that UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will compete on this card. However, I’d look for other Russian-based fighters such as Alexander Volkov, Magomed Bibulatov and Ramazan Emeev to be placed on this card.