Neil Magny Says He's Working on His Confidence For UFC Fight Night 43
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.25.2014
He used to have a lot of doubt...
Neil Magny spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Rodrigo Goiana de Lima at UFC Fight Night 43. Check out the highlights:
On staying self-confident: "Before, I just had this doubt in the back of my mind like, ‘Oh, man, I'm in the UFC. Am I good enough to stay here? Am I good enough to go against a top guy?' I just started to doubt myself. It's something that I've always dealt with, but being able to open up and go to my coaches and have them on the same page as me has helped me a lot. Loren Landow, my strength and conditioning coach, picked up on it right away. I would go to squat like 365 pounds, and I'd be like, ‘I don't know if I can do it coach. It's kind of heavy. I might hurt me back.' He'd be like, ‘Neil, screw that. Go in there and lift that weight. You can do it.' I dropped down, lifted the weight up, and I did it. Just having someone else notice your goals and help you work toward them really helped out a lot."
On his loss to Sergio Moraes: "My fight against Sergio Moraes in August, going into the fight, everybody was like, ‘He's a world champion, a black belt in jiu-jitsu. He's all these awesome things.' I had to think things like, ‘Well, you're a good striker. You're good at wrestling. You have all these things you're good at.' But I was worried about all these things he was good it, and I let it affect me in the fight. He went for a takedown, and I gave it up. I just totally froze in the moment. Now it's just a matter of me realizing my potential and going out there and showing it."
On Nate Marquardt: "Nate is one of the reasons I moved to Colorado for my training. He's been a great mentor over the last year-and-a-half that I've been there. He's somebody that inspires my diet, technique, training. Everything that has helped me be a better fighter, he's helped me with. To be able to fight alongside him is an honor and a privilege, and I'm just going to go out there and perform with him. I literally got offered this fight three days after my last fight. Initially, I booked a plane ticket to New Zealand just to go watch Nate fight, but then I got the offer to fight shortly after, so I was like, ‘Yeah, I'd love to fight.' It's just been a blessing to get the opportunity to fight alongside him."
On de Lima: "Six of his wins are by submission, and four of those wins are by rear-naked choke. It's pretty obvious what he goes for in his fights. But in this fight, I'm just focused on what I can do. I'm worried about my range, my takedown defense, my power and everything like that. I'm going to use some of the things that worked well in my last couple of fights and try to keep those things going."
On his goal for the year: "I made a goal with my coaches that I wanted to go 3-0 in the UFC this year. But I've been fortunate enough to have three fights just in the last six months. I like the fights that I'm getting and I'm just trying to keep the momentum going. I've got to just get through this one first, and then I can sit down with my coaches and take a little break and get prepared mentally for the next adventure. Maybe I'll fight two more times before the year is over with. Maybe I'll fight three more times before the year is over with. It's about just keeping it going and constantly being ready. One of the biggest things my coaches point out is just being ready for whatever comes around."