Neil Magny has saved the day for the UFC and its Mexican fight fans.
With Matt Brown withdrawing from his headlining bout against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 78 in Monterrey, Mexico, the always-busy Magny is taking the fight on three weeks notice. Magny was originally scheduled to face Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson at UFC 195 in January, but decided to take this fight instead. There’s no word on whether Thompson will remain on the 2016 card, but with how busy Magny likes to keep himself, it’d be foolish to count him out.
The Monterrey fight marks the fifth time Magny will step into the cage in 2015, marking the second straight five-fight year for the 28-year-old welterweight. He’s 8-1 since the start of 2014, losing only to submission specialist Demian Maia at UFC 190 in August. He’s defeated the likes of Erick Silva and Tim Means while being one of the busiest fighters on the UFC roster. Magny was also a replacement fighter in the bout against Silva.
Magny goes from fighting the division’s eighth-ranked fighter to No. 15 in Gastelum. The TUF 17 winner makes his return to the 170-pound division after a one-fight trip back to the middleweight division following a series of poor weight cuts. Gastelum is 11-1 in his professional MMA career, with his only defeat coming in a split decision to No. 2 Tyron Woodley. He may not be getting a top-five contender in his first main event showing, but he’s likely content with still being on the card.
Magny and Gastelum fight in the main event at UFC Fight Night 78 at the Monterrey Arena on Nov. 21.