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Neil Magny used to be something of a question mark for most pundits. He put together a rare seven fight winning streak inside the UFC between February of 2014 and May of 2015 and raised eyebrows with his activity and consistency but it seemed to be a long time before his level competition was stepped up. When he was finally thrown into the deep end with the shark that is Demian Maia, Magny was thoroughly outclassed by the jiu jitsu savant and it seemed like Neil Magny had been shown up as a middling welterweight who was making a fleeting visit to the top end of the division. However, Magny’s three fights since then have been against the decent Erick Silva, the legitimate contender, Kelvin Gastelum, and the returning monster, Hector Lombard, and he has looked better and better in each.
Meanwhile Hector Lombard is the antithesis of Magny in terms of work rate within the UFC. Managing just two bouts in 2013, one in 2014, and one in January of 2015 before testing positive for Desoxymethyltestosterone, one of the so-called ‘designer steroids’, and being booted out of the sport for a year. A terrifically hard puncher and a top-notch judoka, the stocky Cuban has come down from middleweight to welterweight and is still giving up reach and height to most of his opponents.
As the fight opened, Lombard looked to cut the cage and Magny looked to circle out. As Magny circled a little close to the fence, Lombard charged in with the wide, wild hooks he is famous for. As Magny covered against the broad sides, Lombard shot a right uppercut up the middle and decked the taller man. Lombard followed Magny to the mat and began wailing away at Magny’s turtle.
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