‘I’m Slapping You on Sight’- Neil Magny Vows to School Khamzat Chimaev

Published 02/02/2021, 7:13 AM EST


Khamzat Chimaev is set to fight Leon Edwards in March. The bout has already fallen twice due to both parties having health issues. Neil Magny offered to fight Chimaev upon the first cancellation in December. But Chimaev rather opted to wait for Edwards to recover. ‘The Haitian Dream’ fought Chiesa instead.

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Magny lost a lopsided decision to Chiesa as ‘Maverick’ showed his rejuvenated version in Fight Island. ‘Borz’ kept a close eye as two top contenders in his division clashed, taking to Twitter to poke Magny after the latter’s defeat.

@NeilMagny 🦦😂@MikeMav22 congratulation ✊🏼 https://t.co/vl24S2M17X

— Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) January 20, 2021

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Magny is a very respectful fighter and not one to trash talk his opponents. But Chimaev’s antics infuriated him. He also went on social media to warn the Swede that he will slap him when they cross paths. He also pointed out that Chimaev wasn’t quite willing to fight him when he offered to step up.

Make sure you keep that same energy when you see me in person! I'll give you my word, that I'm slaaping you on sight 👋 and teaching some respect!

— Neil Magny (@NeilMagny) February 2, 2021

I don't hand pick opponents like you do, I've fought the best guys in the UFC for the 8 years. Something you know nothing about.

— Neil Magny (@NeilMagny) February 2, 2021

You finally found pair of balls now huh!

— Neil Magny (@NeilMagny) February 2, 2021

Where was this energy a few months when you had opportunity to fight me?

— Neil Magny (@NeilMagny) February 2, 2021

In a series of replies, Magny pointed out Chimaev’s lack of time in the organization. Also, the Russian-born fighter has only competed once in the 170lbs division of the UFC, yet he is getting cream of the crop contender in Edwards. As for Magny, he has been in the organization for nearly a decade and has fought all comers. He sure has his reason to be not happy with his fellow contender’s comments.

Khamzat Chimaev can potentially secure a title shot with a win next

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Chimaev fights a division’s elite in March. After his UFC debut loss, ‘Rocky’ has come short only once since. That was against the current champion, Kamaru Usman. He has defeated perennial contenders like Rafael dos Anjos, Donald Cerrone, Bryan Barberena, Gunnar Nelson, and more on his way to the top.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 19: (R-L) Khamzat Chimaev of Chechnya punches Gerald Meerschaert in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Chimaev on the other hand has not faced any high-quality opposition to date. Despite being ranked No.15, he is yet to face any stern test inside the Octagon. Edwards is certainly more than a test for him. But should he get past the Brit with flying colors, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get a shot at UFC gold right away considering the hype behind him. Nevertheless, it only makes the landscape of the 170 lbs division more intriguing.

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What did you make of the back and forth between Chimaev and Magny? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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