A very interesting welterweight bout has been added to the growing lineup of UFC’s year-end event, UFC 207.
The promotion announced late Tuesday night that top welterweights Johny Hendricks and Neil Magny would be competing against each other on the Dec. 30 card in a bout that is sure to speak volumes for the futures of both men.
Hendricks is the former welterweight champion, but 2016 has been a disaster for him so far. For the first time in his career, Hendricks is coming off consecutive losses from his two fights this year.
At UFC Fight Night 82, Hendricks was matched against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson in the main event. In a shocking turn of events though, Thompson stormed through Hendricks and became the first man to finish “Bigg Rigg,” earning the TKO in Round 1.
Hendricks next fought at UFC 200, meeting Ultimate Fighter winner Kelvin Gastelum. Gastelum out-worked Hendricks though, out-landing him on the feet, and was given the unanimous decision after the final bell.
While Hendricks is currently in the worst slump on his professional career, but Magny has spent the last several years performing at his peak.
Since 2014, Magny has gone 10-2, and he is coming off the second of those two defeats in his last outing.
Magny faced Lorenz Larkin at UFC 202, and in perhaps Larkins’ best performance yet, he steamrolled through Magny and picked up the Round 1 TKO.
Magny had preceded that with his most impressive career win though when, at UFC Fight Night 85, he fought former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard. After a rough first round, Magny came back to dominate the fight all the way up until scoring the TKO in Round 3.
UFC 207 is expected to be headlined by Amanda Nunes defending the women’s bantamweight title against Ronda Rousey.