The UFC’s resident “Natural Born Killer” is set to make his return to the Octagon.
Former interim welterweight champion, Carlos Condit (30-10, #7 Welterweight), will take on Neil Magny (19-6, #10 Welterweight) when he returns action for the first time in over a year.
Condit took some time away from the sport after a disappointing first round submission loss to Demian Maia last August in Vancouver; it would be his 3rd loss in 4 fights. His previous loss against Robbie Lawler for the undisputed UFC welterweight crown was as heartbreaking as it was controversial. Condit did more than enough to take the title from Lawler but unfortunately for him, it just wasn’t in the cards. Lawler would retain via split decision in a fight that many MMA pundits would vote as their 2016 fight of the year.
If Magny isn’t coming into this fight in the same boat as Condit, he’s at least in a nearby body of water. The Elevation Fight Team product will look to rebound off a first round submission loss to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 216 that sent him down a couple of spots in the rankings.
Winning 10 out of his 11 fights from 2014-2016 (his lone loss coming to Demian Maia via submission), an insanely active Magny would flirt with a potential title shot before getting TKO’d by Lorenz Larkin at UFC 202. A bounce back win against Johny Hendricks followed by the loss to RDA brings us to where we are today.
Condit versus Magny joins Dominick Cruz (22-2) versus Jimmie Rivera (21-1) (135 lbs), Carla Esparza (12-4) versus Cynthia Calvillo (6-1) (115 lbs) and Louis Smolka (11-4) versus Matheus Nicolau (12-1-1) as the first four fights to be announced for the UFC’s final card of 2017.
UFC 219 will take place on December 30th inside of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.