Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will look to go 2-0 at welterweight, as he faces Neil Magny this September.
The UFC’s debut show in the Canadian city of Edmonton is coming along nicely. Recently added to the September 9th pay-per-view is a welterweight matchup between former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos and #6-ranked Neil Magny. UFC officials announced the fight on Tuesday, following a report from the Edmonton Journal.
Dos Anjos (26-9) made the move to welterweight after consecutive defeats to Eddie Alvarez (which cost him his UFC lightweight title) and Tony Ferguson. No longer having to endure difficult weight cuts down to 155, the Brazilian successfully debuted at 170 by defeating ex-Strikeforce champ Tarec Saffiedine by unanimous decision back in June.
Magny (19-5) bounced back from a one-sided TKO loss to Lorenz Larkin by besting former welterweight titleholder Johny Hendricks at UFC 207 in December. The TUF 16 alum is known for his extremely active schedule, having fought five times in 2014, five more times in 2015, and three times last year. He was recently given doctor’s clearance to resume competition after an undisclosed injury sidelined him.
Also confirmed for the event is a lightweight clash between Edmonton’s own Mitch Clarke (11-4) and Alex White (11-3). Clarke will look to snap a two-fight losing streak, having been beaten by Joseph Duffy and MIchael Chiesa. His signature win is a d’arce choke stoppage of Al Iaquinta back in 2014. White has dropped three of his last four, including a decision to Tony Martin at UFC Phoenix in January. He does hold a win at featherweight over Artem Lobov, whom he defeated by unanimous decision in February 2016.
UFC 215 features two title fights, with flyweight champion and #1 pound-for-pound fighter Demetrious Johnson facing off against Ray Borg in the main event, while women’s bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes takes on Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event.