UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs Waterson: Neil Magny vs Geoff Neal – Prediction and Analysis

Published 05/08/2021, 8:44 AM EDT


UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs Waterson will see an important welterweight clash go down on the main card. Geoff Neal will fight against Neil Magny in a clash of ranked contenders. Both fighters, who suffered defeats in their last contests, will be determined to get back into title contention.

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‘The Haitian Sensation’ last fought Michael Chiesa in January at UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Magny lost a lopsided decision that ended his three-fight winning streak in the UFC’s welterweight division. The 33-year-old fighter currently possesses a professional of 24-8. He has 10 finishes (7 T/KO and 3 submissions) under his belt.

Magny, who is a true UFC veteran, has been fighting in the promotion since 2013. He has had a massive 24 fights in the organization picking up 17 wins in the process.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 29: (R-L) Neil Magny punches Robbie Lawler in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 29, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

‘Handz Of Steel’ suffered his first loss in the UFC against Stephen Thompson in the last fight card of 2020. However, his toughness was on full display as he absorbed all the offerings from ‘Wonderboy’. In fact, Kevin Holland is the only fighter to ever knock him out in his career. That loss came during Neal’s pre-UFC career.

The former Dana White’s Contender Series alumni will make his seventh appearance inside the Octagon against Magny. He has won 6 of those fights. His professional record stands at 13-3 with 10 (8 T/KO and 2 submissions) of those wins coming by finishes.

Neil Magny vs Geoff Neal: Analysis

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Magny is a tough fighter. But Neal is a master of striking, whose knockout prowess is something to watch out for. After the defeat in his last outing, ‘Handz of Steel’ will come into the fight against Magny with an added vengeance. However, ‘The Haitian Sensation’ is no pushover.

DALLAS, TX – SEPTEMBER 08: Geoff Neal celebrates his knockout victory over Frank Camacho of Guam in their welterweight fight during the UFC 228 event at American Airlines Center on September 8, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

So, if he can withstand Neal’s offerings, ‘Handz of Steel‘ might have to grind out a decision. There are ways Magny can get a decision win too. But given Neal’s youth and hunger to establish himself as a cream of the crop contender, he might just prove to be too much for ‘The Haitian Sensation‘ to handle.

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Final Prediction: Geoff ‘Handz of Steel’ Neal will secure a third-round T/KO stoppage.

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Apratim Banerjee

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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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