Neil Magny may be nearing the end of his MMA career, but he remains one of the premier welterweights on earth. On Saturday in front of his hometown crowd he’ll get another opportunity to show that when he faces Mike Malott.
Malott has produced some notable performances during his brief UFC tenure so far. A high-level grappler with advanced submission skills as well as powerful hands, Malott can also fight in either standing or ground games, making him versatile as a fighter and durable too.
Former wrestling coach for Team Alpha Male, Malott started his UFC career off strong by earning victory in Dana White’s Contender Series and has gone on to score two first-round finishes since entering the octagon. Now set for success in Canada’s welterweight division.
Fighting on their home ground can present additional pressure that some fighters might not be used to dealing with, yet that doesn’t appear to be an issue for Malott in this bout against Magny as he seems confident he can manage any additional attention coming his way due to fighting on home territory.
Malott believes he has an easy path to the top of welterweight rankings as long as he continues his rise with fast finishes. Already one of the Top 15 contenders, knocking out Magny could set the stage for an even faster ascent.
Magny will face difficulty when trying to stay within Malott’s striking range in this fight, due to Malott’s experience evading strikes but still being vulnerable at range with powerful kicks from both stances; Malott can land hard kicks from both stances against Magny’s legs that could hurt him on their back legs.
Malott’s kicking will be essential in this fight and must avoid Magny’s clinching game as much as possible in order to keep this fight close and make a statement on the local scene
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Neil Magny vs Mike Malott Fight Information
- Date: 01/20/2024
- Time: 11:00 PM ET
- Location: Scotiabank Arena
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