Neil Magny has his eyes set on Gilbert Burns.
Magny returned to the win column as he scored a submission win over Daniel Rodriguez in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 64. The veteran was coming off a stoppage loss to Shavkat Rakhmonov who is someone no one wanted to fight.
Neil Magny’s Call Out
Yet, Magny has been vocal in wanting to get the toughest fights possible and now he’s hoping to face Burns at UFC 283 in Brazil in January.
“I love competition. You look at my last fight, and I lost by submission, and it really frustrated me. Gilbert Burns is, in my opinion, the best grappler in the division right now, so for me to go out there and test myself against another great grappler just shows me like, ‘am I going to chalk up my last fight to a loss?’ I feel like I did a lot of growing in that fight against Shavkat, and I feel like challenging myself in a fight against Gilbert Burns to go out and show it,” Magny said after his UFC Vegas 64 win.
Following the callout, Burns then took to social media to respond to Magny who says he is already booked for UFC 283. Yet, he promised Magny that if the fight doesn’t come to fruition he would be glad to face him.
Congrats @NeilMagny last time I heard @ufc said I have an opponent for 🇧🇷 if he doesn’t show up, we can dance I’m in 💯% to make this Fight happen! For now great finish and congrats on your record! ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾
— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) November 6, 2022
“Congrats @NeilMagny last time I heard @ufc said I have an opponent for Brazil. If he doesn’t show up, we can dance I’m in 100% to make this Fight happen! For now great finish and congrats on your record!,” Burns tweeted.
NEIL MAGNY NOW HAS THE MOST WINS IN UFC WELTERWEIGHT HISTORY 👏 #UFCVEGAS64 pic.twitter.com/bgm7Qiy98t
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) November 6, 2022
Currently, Neil Magny is ranked 13th at welterweight while Gilbert Burns is ranked fifth, so it may not make the most sense for the Brazilian to take but he is interested in the matchup.
Magny is now 27-9 and is 3-2 in his last five with wins over Max Griffin and Geoff Neal while his other loss came to Michael Chiesa. Magny has been in the UFC since 2013 and is now the all-time wins leader at welterweight.
As for Burns, he’s coming off a decision loss to Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 273 back in April after he defeated Stephen Thompson following his TKO loss to Kamaru Usman for the belt.
How do you think a fight between Neil Magny and Gilbert Burns would go?