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Neil Magny Is a Fan of Interim Titles in the UFC

April 24, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Neil Magny

Neil Magny spoke with MMAjunkie before his fight with Gunnar Nelson at UFC Fight Night 130 and discussed the UFC using interim titles. Highlights from the interview are below:

On the interim welterweight title match at UFC 225: “I’m a fan of when the UFC decides to go with the interim title bouts. For one, it gives the champ a rest and lets them enjoy being a champ. Two, it sets the stage to hash out that true No. 1 contender. We’ve seen in the past where guys are ranked No. 5, No. 6, No. 7 – and they get a title shot over guys who are ranked No. 1.”

On Tyron Woodley’s title run: “Woodley did his job, he defended his title four times within 12 months, and now that he’s injured, he can step away from the sport a little bit and deal with injury. In the meantime, don’t clog up the division. Don’t let these guys wait around for you to come back. Let the division continue to keep moving by having an interim title fight. Now guys can go out there and earn more for their families and themselves and their future. Now he doesn’t have to rush to recovery and try to get back if the doctors think he needs to come back later.”

On his fight with Nelson: “Going out there and mixing it up with Gunnar Nelson is one of the things I feel like would be a game-changer for me. If I can go out there and get the fight on the ground or even dominate on the ground, then have some moments on the striking.”

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