CINCINNATI, OH — Following a preliminary card filled with some big upsets, Neil Magny kept the train rolling with a win over Tim Means after entering the fight as a two to one underdog.
The bout was slow throughout all three rounds with Magny using distance and quick combinations to stay out of the powerful range of Means, who was returning to the UFC following a 1-2 stint in the promotion during his previous run.
In both the second and third rounds, Means seemed to gain the upper hand on Magny, using his powerful punches and knee strikes to batter the former Ultimate Fighter competitor. Still, Magny showed great toughness and perseverance to avoid taking too much damage in the exchanges.
Late in the third round, Magny got Means to the ground and worked to take his back, while working for strikes and a brief choke attempt as well.
On paper the bulk of the damage landed in the fight came from Means, but Magny was able to control the Octagon for most of the 15-minute bout and when coupled with his strong finish in the third round seemed to give him the nod by the judges.
The win marked Magny’s second in a row, which is the first time he’s been able to string together two victories together since coming to the UFC by way of The Ultimate Fighter season 16. It was a tough return for Means after earning his way back to the UFC, but given how close the fight with Magny was, he should definitely get another shot with the promotion.