As the big day draws closer, here are five things that you might
not know about the
Elevation Fight Team member.
1. He is as an active fighter.
In 2014, Magny competed five times under the UFC banner. His hectic
schedule that year resulted in him tying with Roger
Huerta for the most UFC wins in a calendar year. 2015 saw the
busy combatant make a further five UFC appearances. Magny’s
willingness to turn out for the Las Vegas-based promotion at every
opportunity has led to him being perceived as a company man. The
fact that Magny has contested 27 MMA bouts is remarkable when one
considers that the 31-year-old only turned professional back in
2. He was on “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Back in 2012, Magny was a cast member on “The Ultimate Fighter:
Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson.” He gained entry to the house by
Camacho via unanimous decision. In the first official fight of
the season, Magny bested Cameron
Diffley in a dominant decision win. A further unanimous
decision triumph followed in the quarterfinal, against Bristol
Marunde. However, Magny’s streak came to an end in the
semi-finals when he fell victim to a first round Mike Ricci
3. He is a hard worker.
Magny has built a reputation as a tough, hardworking competitor.
The rangy pugilist often employs his cardio and relentless work
ethic en route to claiming a decision victory. Eleven (52 percent)
of Magny’s wins have come via decision. The remainder of his wins
comprise 7 (33 percent) by KO/TKO and 3 (14 percent) by submission.
Regardless of whether he has a fight in the offing, Magny spends
the majority of his time honing his skills in the gym. He puts his
work ethic down to the values instilled in him by his mother and
4. He was in the military.
Prior to becoming a fulltime MMA athlete, Magny was in the armed
forces. During his seven years in the military, Magny served as a
light-wheeled mechanic, reached the rank of Army National Guard
Sgt. in the Illinois National Guard and had a stint deployed in
Afghanistan. Magny has stated in interviews that the discipline and
toughness he developed from his mixed martial arts training helped
him in difficult times in the army.
5. He hails from Brooklyn.
Magny currently resides in Colorado, where he trains with the
Elevation Fight Team, as well as spending time at the Easton
Training Center. However, Magny was born on the other side of the
country, in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York, on Aug. 3, 1987. His
early years saw him moving constantly from apartment to apartment
with his mother. In 2002, at the age of 15, Magny and his mother
left New York for good and moved to Chicago. The hardworking future
welterweight went on to graduate from high school and gain entry to
Southern Illinois University, where he earned a B.A. in Criminal
Justice. Today, he credits his challenging formative years in New
York as being instrumental in making him the man he is today.