LAS VEGAS — Neil Magny knows that just because he has more UFC welterweight wins than Georges St-Pierre doesn’t mean he’s had a better career.
Magny (27-9 MMA, 20-8 UFC) submitted Daniel Rodriguez (17-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) in Saturday’s third round UFC Fight Night 214 co-main event to break the tie with St-Pierre for most wins in 170-pound history.
It’s a record that Magny has been flirting with for the past few years, and it was imminent that the day would come when he would become the first to win 20 times in the weight class. It’s a massive achievement, but Magny argues it’s nothing crazy in the grand scheme. St-Pierre is a former two-division UFC champion, UFC Hall of Famer and one of the most dominant fighters in sports history.
Before they can engage in a real conversation together, Magny said he needs to make some big strides.
“One of the biggest things I’ve had to come to terms with lately is appreciating the guy who came before me and realizing that I went my own way in the UFC,” Magny told MMA Junkie. and other reporters after the fight at UFC Fight. Night 214. “It’s really easy to add to the mental pressure both in the fight and after the fight is over, where you feel like you were a bit short or could have done better when you are constantly comparing yourself to other people. I believe Georges St-Pierre is the greatest welterweight of all time. It was cool to get to the point where I have the most wins in the UFC at the moment, but I have to accept that his career is very different from mine.
“I can’t look at Georges St-Pierre’s career and what he’s done in sport and feel like I’ve failed or accomplished enough, because it’s just mental pressure. extra that I didn’t need. … If I start believing the hype and constantly comparing myself to GSP, the day I walk away from it, I might have a dark shadow over it like, ‘OK, you had a great career. But you weren’t GSP. I know I’m not GSP. I’m Neil Magny and I’m working my way through the record books and charting my course.
Magny said his attitude towards his record and his career as a whole is what helped him get the job done against Rodriguez at UFC Apex. After winning the first round, Magny allowed Rodriguez to rally to the second frame and even fight on the scoreboard. It ended there, however, as Magny picked things up in the last frame and locked Rodriguez in a D’Arce choke to force the tap.
“I wanted to get a submission or a TKO win earlier in the fight, but shout out to D-Rod,” Magny said. “He made the adjustments. … He did a good job of adjusting, but it was just cool to see him fall into place.
The record win is one Magny is unlikely to forget anytime soon, but he said he was already thinking about how to move forward. His main goal is to hold UFC gold, and he won’t stop working until he gets there.
“I want to mark my career,” said Magny. “I want to be a champion for the rest of my life. Nobody’s gonna give it to me, so I have to go get it.
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