Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight contender Neil Magny was scheduled to face Gunnar Nelson at UFC Fight Night 130 on May 27 in Liverpool, England. However, Nelson was forced to pull out of the bout after sustaining an injury and Jorge Masvidal publicly stated said would be happy to step in for Nelson, but the fight never came to fruition as negotiations broke down.
Magny posted the following on Instagram in relation to the fight with Masvidal:
Masvidal didn’t take long to respond through Twitter:
Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) May 2, 2018
It’s safe to say Magny’s decision not to fight “Gamebred” wasn’t well received. Masvidal was a recent guest on “The MMA Hour” and said he was prepared to fight on the card as long as it was at a catch weight (via MMAMania.com):
“I know for a fact that the UFC wanted the fight and were very excited about the fight. So now you know that there is a b*tch in the building and his name is Magny. I’m not saying UFC accepted 180, but when the offer came to them I know they were like, ‘Let’s do it, let’s try to make it happen.’ But this f*cking coward said no.”
It’s worth noting that Masvidal said he wouldn’t be able to compete against Darren Till at UFC Liverpool when the British fighter was calling out opponents before eventually accepting a fight against former title challenger Stephen Thompson.
MMA Hour host Ariel Helwani did reveal the UFC is looking for an opponent for Magny, so he can remain on the Liverpool card but nothing official has been announced yet.