UFC 248: Neil Magny puts on a clinic in unanimous decision victory over Li Jingliang

Neil Magny used his elite-level cardio to get stronger as the fight went on and win a unanimous decision victory at UFC 248.

Neil Magny defeated Li Jingliang via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27) at UFC 248 on Saturday, March 7, 2020, live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

Magny dominated the striking in the fight, fighting behind his jab throughout. Nullifying Jingliang’s takedown game and winning impressively.

After the fight, Magny talked about being the underdog going into the fight and if it bothered him. “No, not at all. I knew I Was going to make someone’s day and double their rent money…”

Here’s how the entire fight played out.

Round 1

Jingliang starts the fight with a leg kick after Magny puts the pressure on early. The two exchange a few blows as both men work to gauge distance. Magny has a very large reach advantage. Magny gets the plum, but Jigliang gets in tight and works for a takedown and gets it. Magny gets back up but Jingliang lands a big shot and Magny is hurt. In the scramble, Magny gets the back and temporarily gets the fight to the ground. Jingliang works to his feet. They exchange spins to put one another on the cage and the men disengage. Magny gets back in tight and Jingliang reverses and then gets a takedown. After a quick scramble, they are back to their feet. Magny gets in close and peppers Jingliang with some shots and a knee. The round ends with Magny walking Jingliang back. Very close round.

FanSided scored the round 10-9 Jingliang.

Round 2

Magny takes the center of the cage quickly and sets the tone with a jab. Then a big knee that grazes Jingliang. Jingliang gets Magny back against the fence and starts working for a takedown again. Magny reverses and gets control and starts working for a takedown of his own. Another reversal of position and Jingliang now going back for a takedown. Magny doing a great job stopping it and reverses once again. Jingliang starting to fade a bit and Magny is starting to turn it one. They keep exchanging reversals on the cage until Magny gets the takedown. Jingliang back up and has Jingliang back on the cage. A lot of clinch work where Jingliang is looking for a takedown. Magny lands a big knee and starts pouring it on. Big shots everywhere and Magny gets a takedown and ends the round in full mount. Dominant round for Magny.

FanSided scored the round 10-9 Magny and 19-19 overall.

Round 3

Both men coming out throwing and Magny lands a leg kick. Jingliang throwing big time power shots trying to change the tide Magny set in the second. Magny is just peppering with that job, but Jungliang keeps coming. Magny goes for a takedown but Jingliang stops it and goes for a takedown of his own. They separate and are back throwing. Magny continues to effectively jab and Jingliang is reaching with big left hands. A leg kick and a one-two from Jingliang, but Magny clinches up. They separate again until Magny once again gets Jingliang against the cage and gets the takedown. Magny is working Jingliang as he tries to work to his feet. Magny is raining down shots. Hammer fists and knees to the butt. They both throw a few shots and the fight ends. Magny really turned it on in those final two rounds.

FanSided scored the round 10-9 Magny and 29-28 Magny overall.

UFC 248 took place on Saturday, March 7, 2020, live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided MMA, who will be on-site for the whole week, for all your live results and highlights.