Neil Magny is one of the rare fighters that will truly face anyone in the UFC. He’s currently set to face Shavkat Rakhmonov and many at welterweight have been avoiding fights with the exciting welterweight prospect.
Shavkat Rakhmonov has been on a tear since entering the UFC and many are comparing him to Khamzat Chimaev. Neil Magny is one of the rare ranked fighters that was willing to face him.
“There is a level of tenacity I have to bring to this fight against a guy like Shavkat,” Magny told UFC.com, “I can’t just rely on sitting back, jabbing, and forcing him to close the distance because I can almost guarantee that’s what his camp is expecting and waiting for, and game-planning in terms of ‘this is how we’re going to shut this down.’
“I have to make sure there is power with most shots that I throw, and not just relying on being there for the distance and the cardio. I need to make sure I’m hitting him with some pretty heavy shots so it’s, ‘this isn’t what I saw in the video; where did this come from?'”
Neil Magny is aware of the strengths of Shavkat Rakhmonov and the complicated game he brings to the cage. But the UFC veteran is also confident in his game and knows where his strengths lie.
“I know what I’m capable of at this point,” he said. “There is definitely not anything surprising that I’m going to see in the fight, but meeting a person that is willing to dig as deep as I am, that’s willing to endure the kind of pace I can put on a guy, that’s the exciting part.
“I know he’s a good submission artist. I know he has knockout power,” he added. “I know he does all these things well, but is he willing to put out the amount of effort it’s going to take to survive the kind of pace I’m going to put on him? That’s what I’m excited to find out.”