Magny (26-8 MMA, 19-7 UFC), who’s tied with Georges St-Pierre for probably the most wins in UFC welterweight historical past, will function Rakhmonov’s (15-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) largest take a look at so far once they meet in a key divisional matchup on the UFC Apex. The principle card airs on ESPN following prelims on ESPN2.
All the time prepared to tackle any problem, Magny stated he was comfortable to just accept a struggle with Rakhmonov when many others wouldn’t oblige.
“In all actuality, there’s some hopes and ideas of preventing up within the rankings and that type of factor,” Magny advised MMA Junkie and different reporters at Wednesday’s UFC on ESPN 38 media day. “In fact, everybody desires to struggle larger up within the rankings every time. But when that’s not out there I don’t wish to sit round ready for six, eight, 10 months for the ‘excellent struggle.’ So if the subsequent finest man that’s out there is ranked No. 15, then so be it. I’ll go on the market and make the most effective of the chance.”
Magny stated he’s going to lean closely on expertise going into the conflict with Rakhmonov. This shall be his twenty eighth UFC struggle, in comparison with simply 4 for Rakhmonov. A lot of Magny’s fights have come towards related, high-level opponents, and he’s fairly assured all that point within the octagon goes to repay with a one-sided win that, on paper, can be thought of a betting upset.
“Actually each final one in all us within the UFC was undefeated at one level or one other, then you definitely went on the market and confronted an absolute beast and was like, ‘Oh rattling, there’s completely different ranges to this,’” Magny stated. “I take a look at Shavkat and I believe the very same factor. The man is proficient. He’s 15-0. … However on the identical time, he hasn’t fought a seasoned vet like me but. He hasn’t fought the blokes that I’ve fought but. So I’m going to go on the market and present him that there’s some ranges to this sport. That’s my purpose.
“It’s going to be a really dominant struggle. It simply received’t be him dominating. I plan to go on the market and dominating this struggle from starting to finish.”
Contemplating Magny stepped as much as the plate to struggle a really expert however largely unknown opponent in Rakhmonov, he stated there ought to be a giant reward if he will get his hand raised at UFC on ESPN 38.
Magny continues to be chasing the UFC welterweight title after greater than 9 years with the promotion, and if he can enhance to 6-1 in his previous seven fights with this win, he sees no cause he shouldn’t get to struggle up within the rankings.
“Ideally, I’d like to have a top-five opponent after this struggle,” Magny stated. “That’s the best way it ought to go. You go on the market and have an awesome efficiency and also you get a high-ranked opponent. That’s the way it ought to go, however the actuality of it’s, issues don’t at all times go as they need to. If I get caught preventing No. 6 or No. 7 man, whoever they could be, I’m going to go on the market and maintain working towards my purpose. I’m going to do no matter it takes to turn into champion.”