What Does Neil Magny Think About Robbie Lawler?
Neil Magny admits there’s a new level of flair to his bout with Robbie Lawler.
Magny is scheduled to collide with Lawler on August 29. The welterweight tilt is penciled in as the co-main event of UFC Vegas 8. Magny was originally on tap to face Geoff Neal but a major health scare put Neal on the shelf.
During his virtual media scrum, Magny said that while he doesn’t eagerly anticipate fighting Lawler more than he did Neal, he knows there’s a uniqueness to this change (via MMAJunkie.com).
“It’s a fight that not necessarily excites you more, but it brings its own level of excitement. If I can go out there and beat Robbie Lawler, the naysayers will say he’s past his prime, he’s this and that, and there’s going to be room for people to criticize and downplay the win. But if I were to beat a guy like Geoff Neal, it will be like, ‘Holy crap, this guy is undefeated in the UFC, he was making a sprint to the top of the division, and you stopped him in his tracks,’ so that’s amazing. So each fight comes with its own list of things to take away from, but I’m happy with the Robbie Lawler matchup.”
This is an opportunity for Magny to best another former UFC Welterweight Champion. He has already beaten former 170-pound ruler Johnny Hendricks and former interim champion Carlos Condit. If he can add Lawler to that list, it would be a huge feather in his cap.
Many feel the task is easier said than done. Lawler possesses knockout power and can turn up the aggression at a moment’s notice. While he is on a three-fight skid, “Ruthless” lives up to his nickname more often than not. Fans won’t have to wait long to find out who will reign supreme on fight night.