Neil Magny (20-7-0) was due to face Gunnar Nelson in Liverpool UFC Fight Night, 27th May 2018. However, a knee injury to Nelson ended this contest and left Magny in doubt whether he would be able to fight May 27th.
Magny last competed in December with a unanimous decision victory over Carlos Condit. Magny went to social media to express his sympathy to Nelson. But also to tell his fans he would be continuing to train for the Liverpool card. Asking the UFC to find him a new opponent.
On May 10th Magny once again took to his social media. This time announcing that if the UFC where able to find him an opponent, he would donate $15,000 of his bout money to Presley Mae. The next question for people reading this; who is Presley Mae?
In May last year, Presley Mae was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy. A rare, recessive and incredibly scary genetic disease. Presley who was born on February 3rd, 2017 has had to endure a lot in her short life. Her family need to raise money for numerous reasons to keep Presley alive and comfortable. The number 9 ranked Welterweight has vowed to show his class and help Presley and her family in their time of need.
The UFC finally found Magny a new opponent on May 15th. In UFC debutant British welterweight fighter Craig “Thundercat” White. White has been under the Cage Warriors banner since early 2017. Currently on a four-fight winning streak with a professional record of 14-7. In White’s 14 wins, he has never been to judges scorecards. With 5 KO’s/ TKOs and 9 submission victories on his CV. White now has a major opportunity to create an upset in the UFC against one of the top ten guys in the division.
Magny has shown his class over the last few weeks. Remaining professional throughout this process and accepting the fight on 12 days notice with a new opponent. Hopefully, his gracious donation to Presley Mae will help the family out massively and raise awareness around spinal muscular atrophy.