Neil Magny vs. Gasan Umalatov
Round 1: Magny works to establish his jab early with is 10-inch reach advantage. He switches stances and lands an outside leg kick. Umalatov answers with a leg kick. Umalatov clinches but Magny pushes him away. Umalatov changes levels and takes Magney to the ground. Magny delivers an up kick and gets to his feet. Magny looks to take Umalatov down. Umalatov defends the attempt and they separate. Magny pushes forward with a right hand. Umalatov responds by landing an outside leg kick. Magny lands a leg kick but Umalatov catches it and fires off a right hand. Magny clinches and delivers a knee to the body. Umalatov secures a trip takedown but Magny immediately gets back to his feet. Magny takes Umalatov down and takes the Russian’s back. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Magny.
Round 2: Magny comes out swinging, landing his jab. He mixes in a leg kick followed by a combination. Umalatov lands a nice left hook that causes Magny to tie him up. They work for position along the cage. Magny delivers a knee to the body. They separate. Umalatov having problems dealing with Magny’s reach advantage. Magny continues to land his jab. Umalatov lands a hard right hand and Magny looks to get the fight to the ground. They work for position along the fence. Magny delivers knees to the legs of the Russian. He delivers knees to the body and they separate. Umalatov pushes forward. Magny gets Umalatov to the ground and takes his back. He flattens him out and lands a series of punches. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Magny.
Round 3: Magny comes out in the third light on his feet and landing his jab. Umalatov presses forward. He needs a finish and is swinging to end the fight. Umalatov goes to the body with a right hand. Magny steps in with a combination. He switches stances and they clinch. Umalatov secures a takedown. Magny stands and they separate. Magny goes back to landing his jab. Umalatov goes to the body with a right hand. Magny answers with a kick to the body. Magny rushes in and Umalatov takes him down, but Magny quickly gets back to his feet. Umalatov closes the distance and presses Magny against the cage. They work for position in the closing seconds. Magny lands his jab and the round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Magny.
The judges scored the fight for Magny by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27.
“I made him play my game. I felt really strong, really fast. He was a great opponent, but I was in good shape. It was a great start for the fight night.”
“I came late to the U.S. for my camp, then I could not be prepared as I expected. There are no excuses, but I could be better than I was tonight.”