Key Stats: 1.29 knockdowns averaged per 15 minutes (3rd all-time among WW), 4.94 strikes landed per minute, 92% takedown defense
What It Means: Fighting out of Fortis MMA in Texas, Neal is a bright prospect with stunning power in all of his strikes, but he’s not a wild man by any means. He is a patient, methodical kickboxer who knows how to pounce on a wounded opponent once he lands a powerful shot. He is physically dominant as well, with great strength at close range, which helps him fend off any attempts to take the fight to the ground.
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What to Look For in the Fight: Neal and Magny both have a sense of urgency coming into this fight as both dropped main event decisions their last time out. It should be mainly a striking bout, but Magny is particularly strong in wearing opponents out against the fence before sniping from range. Neal, on the other hand, showed great persistence and determination in his last fight against Stephen Thompson, and he could show a bit more of his ability to mix in grappling in order to open up windows for his knockout shots.