Title shot cancelled? Neil Magny was offered clash with Khamzat Chimaev in April

UFC welterweight contender Neil Magny revealed that he was recently offered a event against rising star Khamzat Chimaev, targeted for March.

In an interview following his win over Daniel Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 67, Magny said:

“One of the cool things about fighting still at this point in my years is I have many more months ahead of me to go out there and compete. I think a fight with Chimaev at this point would be a super ideal fight and timing wise, I see no reason why that fight can’t happen as early as April, May.”

Magny continued: “His last fight I believe was back in November if not December something like that. So I feel he’s had plenty of downtime to do whatever he needs to do to kind of recover and get back on track. If we can get that fight as early as April, May, I would love that opportunity.”

Chimaev has taken the UFC by storm since his debut in 2020, racking up five straight dominant wins. However, he has been dealing with some health issues that have kept him out of action recently. His last was a decision win over Kamaru Usman in October of 2023.

Meanwhile, Magny rebounded from a loss in his previous bout by defeating Rodriguez via third round TKO over Mike Mallott at UFC 297. The veteran welterweight contender believes now is the right time for him to challenge the surging Chimaev.

Chimaev wasn’t pleased about the development because he was ‘promised a title shot’ after facing Usman. He told ESPN:

“They all these guys fight each other. Only me. It was undefeated on the season on this date, so I didn’t ask for it. They ask asked. They promised me after this fight. After was my fight. You were going to fight for the title. And I win that fight. And I don’t know what’s going on here. “