Verbal agreements are in place for a welterweight matchup between Daniel Rodriguez and Neil Magny at UFC Vegas 62.
Several people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans have confirmed the matchup for the Oct. 15 event at UFC APEX in Las Vegas. Fight agreements are expected to be signed soon. MMA Island reported the pairing for the first time.
Rodriguez makes a quick turnaround after a prominent placement on the mixed UFC 279 card. Originally slated to face Kevin Holland at the pay-per-view event, he was rebooked against Li Jingliang when headliner Khamzat Chimaev’s lack of weight forced a last-second change. Rodriguez made the most of the change, outlining Jingliang in a somewhat controversial decision.
Rodriguez hosted a rematch with the Chinese fighter, whom he overtook by nearly 10 pounds, but instead accepted a fight with Magny, one of the 170-pound division’s longest-lasting presences. Magny is three months away from losing to hot prospect Shavkat Rakhmonov, who submitted him in the first round to snap a two-game winning streak.
Overall, Magny is 19-8 in the octagon and will look to stop the rise of another contender in Rodriguez, who is 7-1. UFC Vegas 62 is set to be headlined by a flyweight matchup between Alexa Grasso and Viviane Araujo.