Brooklyn’s Neil Magny earns 15th UFC win, decisions China’s Li Jingliang at ‘UFC 248’ in Las Vegas, Nevada

Li Jingliang, Neil Magny (©UFC)

Li Jingliang, Neil Magny (©UFC)

Neil Magny, 32, of Brooklyn, New York, United States was one of the winners at “UFC 248.” It was the 10th Ultimate Fighting Championship victory of the American mixed martial arts veteran, who is of Haitian and Dominican descent.

Featuring 11 MMA matches, including two title bouts, the UFC held “UFC 248” at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on March 7, 2020. In the eighth bout of the evening, Magny competed against “The Leech” Li Jingliang ( 李景亮), 31, of Beijing, China in the welterweight division.

Keith Peterson served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the welterweight contest was left in the hands of the judges, who all scored it 30-27.

In the end, Peterson raised the hand of Magny. The American-Haitian-Dominican MMA fighter was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Losing to Magny downgraded the professional MMA record of Li to 17 wins and 6 losses. On the other hand, the Brooklyn native now has 22 wins and 7 losses.

“The division has been shaken up quite a bit since I’ve been gone but as I’ve shown tonight I can jump back in there with the best of any of them,” Magny said in a “UFC 248” post-fight interview. “So to jump back in there against a guy like Michael Chiesa would be great.”

Including China and the U.S., 12 other countries were represented at “UFC 248.” The others were Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Denmark, Georgia, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, Poland, Russia and the U.S.

Magny was one of the 10 representatives of the U.S. Li was one of the two fighters who represented China.

In the main event of the evening, UFC Middleweight Champion Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya, 30, of Auckland, New Zealand successfully defended his belt from Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero, 42, of Pinar del Rio, Cuba and Miami, Florida, USA. The Nigerian-Kiwi champion won via unanimous decision.

In the co-main event, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, 32, of Olsztyn, Poland challenged UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion “Magnum” Zhang Weili, 30, of Hebei, China. The Chinese defending champion won via split decision.


Born in Brooklyn on August 3, 1987, Magny has been competing professionally since 2010. The first 14 UFC opponents he defeated were Jon Manley, Gasan Umalatov, Tim Means, Rodrigo de Lima, Alex Garcia, William Macario, Kiichi Kunimoto, Hyun Gyu Lim, Erick Silva, Kelvin Gastelum, Hector Lombard, Johny Hendricks, Carlos Condit and Craig White.

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