Neil Magny grabbed his fourth consecutive win in 2014 with a dominant decision over Alex Garcia at UFC Fight Night 49. The judges awarded Magny a unanimous decision, which was the first loss in Garcia’s UFC stint. Garcia hardly got going in the fight, and it was the range and volume of Magny that was the key to victory.
Alex Garcia seemed to hurt his knee while attempting a jab in the second round, and it was surprising that he was able to get through the contest after visibly being hurt. He is now 12-2 as a professional, while Magny improves to 12-3 with a 5-2 record inside the Octagon.
The ever-improving Magny is on track to win six fights in 2014, as he stated he was attempting. If he can continue his improvements, who’s to say he can’t do just that? Check out the blow-by-blow action below.
This is a very intriguing fight, Garcia was touted as the next big thing coming into his last fight, but was a little underwhelming against Sean Spencer. Neil Magny has shown massive improvements in recent performances, winning three straight.
Round 1 – Garcia presses forward with a 1-2, and catches the kick of Magny. Garcia trying to land some big hooks. Magny with the jab. Garcia misses with the hook, but does a good job avoiding the strikes of Magny. 1-2 from Garcia, but Magny ducks under and has the clinch now, with the back of Garcia. He drags him down and has both hook in, trying to work on a head & arm choke but Garcia uses the leg of Magny to get on top. Magny gets up and now has Garcia down again, getting the back once again. Guard now. Garcia trying to explode but recognised by Magny, who now has half guard and is starting to pepper the body of Garcia. Magny keeping active with short shots, nothing significant but they’re adding up. 1 minute left in the round. Garcia pushes Magny away, with the American landing some leg kicks before the round comes to a close.
Cooper scores round 1 10-9 Magny.
Round 2 – Garcia has seemingly hurt his right knee. He lands a left hook as Magny presses forward. Garcia tries to throw the right kick, perhaps to throw Magny off. Garcia with a winging right and then slams Magny to the ground, who gets guard. Magny trying to keep busy from the bottom with some short shots, and Garcia is doing little in this position. John McCarthy warns them for inactivity. Magny wrapping up the arms of Garcia now, who opts to stand up. A slow shot from Garcia, Magny defending it and getting the clinch. Magny working some knees to the damaged leg of Garcia. Garcia defends Magny’s effort to trip him. They separate, Magny backing him up and landing the jabs. Magny succeeding with his combinations. Garcia with the overhand right before attempting the takedown, Magny defending well but forced against the fence in the clinch. They separate, Magny getting the better on the feet as the round comes to a close.
Cooper scores round 2 10-9 Magny (20-18 Magny).
Round 3 – The doctor comes in to check on Garcia mid-round, and says that he’s good to go. Garcia once again attempting the overhand right before lifting Magny and dumping him to the ground, but sticking with the guard again. Magny active from the bottom, but Garcia needs to do something big and advance his position. Short shots from the American, as Garcia is struggling to land from the top. Another warning from McCarthy. Garcia posturing up, and uses it to pass and get the back of Magny. Magny standing but Garcia has one hook in, he should be able to stop Garcia from mounting offence though. Elbows to the thigh from Magny. Garcia still unable to get the second hook, and he is forced to give up the back and attempt another takedown. Magny recognises it and reverses the clinch, but Garcia reverses once again and gets the takedown. Short shots from Garcia, who now may be attempting a choke. Garcia transitions onto the back, Magny standing again and forced to give up one of the hooks. A lot of boos from the crowd as the fight lacks activity. Magny with a big slam by Garcia, but he seemed to avoid much damage by moving his head. Magny gets a trip at the end of the round.
Cooper scores round 3 10-9 Garcia (29-28 Magny).
Result: Magny via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2).
4-0 in 2014 is Neil Magny, who hands Alex Garcia his first UFC loss. Solid performance, albeit slightly boring.
You can check out the full play-by-play for the event here on Cage Pages. The results for the card, as it stands, can be found below.
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 2)
Neil Magny def. Alex Garcia via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2).
Beneil Dariush def. Tony Martin via submission (arm triangle choke) at 3:38 in second round.
Matt Hobar def. Aaron Phillips via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Ben Saunders def. Chris Heatherly via submission (omoplata) at 2:18 in first round.
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Wilson Reis def. Joby Sanchez via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).