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“Tough as hell”, “Presents issues for Chimaev” – Fans react as Neil Magny hits out at Khamzat Chimaev accepting Leon Edwards fight

Leon Edwards was removed from the UFC rankings but wants to fight Khamzat Chimaev

Neil Magny was left unimpressed by Khamzat Chimaev taking up a fight against Leon Edwards

UFC star Neil Magny shared his thoughts of getting snubbed by Khamzat Chimaev for a fight against Leon Edwards.

Magny, 9th ranked star in the Welterweight division, has been one candidate who has called Khamzat out for a fight.

Khamzat Chimaev against Gerald Meerschaert ended in a quick knockout
Khamzat Chimaev of Chechnya punches Gerald Meerschaert in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The 9-0 Swede was looking for his next opponent and Magny had called him out a while back. However, Chimaev shocked the world when Edwards decided to accept the call out and he agreed to fight the British star.

Edwards had first turned down a battle with Chimaev but changed his mind when the UFC took him off the rankings.

Magny was speaking to ESPN and shared his thoughts on why the fight broke down. The 33-year-old claimed this was an easier fight for Chimaev when compared to him getting into the Octagon:

“The only thing I can possibly think of that caused this fight to not go through is that his team thought it was a better match up for him.”

“Pretty sure his team thought that Leon Edwards was an easier fight for him. He would have matched up better against Edwards than me.”

Fans agree with Magny

The 33-year-old has looked great in recent fights and hasn’t lost in his last three outings. Edwards has also been on a bit of a tear but he was ranked higher than Magny before getting stripped.

Chimaev is right to think about his prospects in the division too. Beating Magny would have been great but getting one over the third-ranked Edwards could see him get a title shot in the future.

The Swede is one of the rising stars in the UFC, and a battle against Edwards could be great. However, many fans backed Magny’s theory and confirmed that he would be a tougher fight against Chimaev.

Some also backed the other theory that Chimaev wanted to take on a higher-ranked opponent:

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