Neil Magny (28-11) is stepping into the Octagon at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto as a significant underdog against Ontario-based fighter Mike Malott (10-1-1). Magny, also known as “The Haitian Sensation,” may have experience on his side, but Malott, nicknamed “Proper,” is determined to make a name for himself as a rising UFC star on his home turf.
When the two welterweights face off in UFC 297, Magny will enter the bout as a +300 underdog, while Malott is listed as a -400 favorite. The event is set to take place at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, on Saturday, January 20, 2023, at 9:00 p.m. ET, and will be available for viewing via Pay-Per-View.
Magny, a 36-year-old fighter from Brooklyn who has been in the MMA scene since 2010, gained recognition in the UFC after setting a record for the most wins in a calendar year in 2013. However, despite consistently fighting high-level opponents, he has struggled to secure victories in recent matches.
On the other hand, Malott boasts an impressive record with 10 wins, one loss, and one draw. With a background in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and experience as a kickboxing coach, Malott’s well-rounded skill set and high fighting IQ have propelled him to success in the UFC, including a string of finishes in his recent fights.
Given Malott’s grappling prowess and striking improvements, many predict that he will secure another victory inside the distance. As a result, the odds heavily favor Malott to come out on top in UFC 297.