The UFC has booked a fun welterweight contest for a Fight Night in a couple of months. Magic M was the first to report earlier this morning that the promotion had finalized a welterweight fight between “The Haitian Sensation” Neil Magny (25-8) and Max Griffin (18-8).
The matchup will take place at a UFC Fight Night on March 26th in Columbus, Ohio. This will be the first US Fight Night that will include fans since the pandemic. A light heavyweight showdown between Jan Blachowicz and Aleksandar Rakic will headline the fight night.
This is a big opportunity for Max Griffin who will be looking for his fourth straight win. In his last fight, Griffin defeated former interim UFC champion Carlos Condit. Griffin made his UFC debut back in 2016 when he was stopped by Colby Covington. Things didn’t start well for him inside the octagon.
He started out just 3-6 in his first nine fights in the UFC. On the verge of getting cut, Griffin really started to turn things around. Now, he’s a potential win against Neil Magny away from jumping into the rankings.
UFC Fight Night for Magny
Back in May, we saw Neil Magny take on Geoff Neal. He was looking to bounce back after he lost to Michael Chiesa in January of last year. Magny looked great against Neal and won a decision. After he won, he started calling for a fight with top UFC prospect, Khamzat Chimaev.
While it looked like that fight might come together, the promotion moved in a different direction for Chimaev. Now, Chimaev is going to get a shot against someone near the top of the division and Magny was left without a dance partner. Max Griffin was willing to fight so that’s who the UFC booked against Magny.
Overall, Magny is 4-1 in his last five and he’s been looking very solid. If he dominates Max Griffin in March, the UFC needs to give him a top ten opponent. He’s done enough to get a better fight.