Neil Magny vs. Geoff Neal is on the main card for UFC Fight Night betting on Saturday, May 8 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The battle of the Nei(a)ls might be the best fight at the event, as two Top-10 welterweights collide as they attempt to bounce back from losses. UFC betting lines have Neal installed as a -194 favorite while Magny comes back at +156.
We bring you our best free Magny vs. Neal picks and predictions for UFC Fight Night on Saturday, May 8.
Magny vs Neal fight odds
|Method of Victory||Neil Magny||Geoff Neal|
|Win by KO/TKO||+950||+195|
|Win by Points||+250||+220|
|Win by Submission||+1,800||+1,500|
Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook
Magny vs Neal betting preview
The "Haitian Sensation" Neil Magny is No. 9 in the welterweight rankings, and is fresh off a loss to Michael Chiesa in January where he was dominated on the ground. Prior to that defeat, he had won three fights in a row, with each victory coming by decision.
The 33-year-old has fought 24 times in the octagon since making his UFC debut in 2013, compiling a 17-7 record with the promotion. Magny is a long and rangy fighter who combines high-volume striking with good clinch work and solid grappling ability.
Geoff "Handz of Steel" Neal is the No. 10 ranked welterweight and is also coming off a decision loss, with his defeat coming against Stephen Thompson in December. Before that loss, Neal had reeled off seven straight wins – including five inside the octagon.
Neal is a high-pressure striker with explosive power in his hands and feet. Seven of his last eight wins have come by way of knockout.
Magny vs Neal tale of the tape
|Neil Magny||Geoff Neal|
|170 lbs||Weight||170 lbs|
|80 inches||Reach||75 inches|
Magny vs Neal UFC prediction and betting pick
PREDICTION: Neal by KO/TKO or Points (-180) - The path to victory for Magny would be to use his grappling and clinch work to wear on Neal for 15 minutes.
However, Neal has excellent takedown defense and, as he showed in his unanimous decision victory over Belal Muhammed two years ago, he is more than capable of winning those drag-out bouts.
While Magny is a well-rounded fighter, he has struggled against specialists in the past and Neal is a striking specialist who combines excellent technique with accuracy and knockout power. Look for that to make a difference when Neal utilizes his defense to make this fight a stand-up affair.
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