UFC contender in Army Combatives MMA fight

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Not surprisingly in recent years the military army combative programs have seen a surge of influence from mixed martial arts due to its high level practicality, proven track record as well as the crossover athletes between both fields such as Brian Stann and Tim Kennedy.

Before welterweight contender Neil Magny joined the Ultimate Fighting Championship, he served as a member of the Illinois National Guard as a light-wheeled mechanic.

In the following footage (starting at 8:11) Neil Magny competes in the U.S. Army Combative's Championship at Fort Benning, GA in a Military Mixed Martial Arts bout.

Although the rule set is very similar to standard MMA bouts there a very key differences, for example a minor difference is knee strikes are allowed to the body but not the head and a major difference is the combatants will be wearing their uniform pants.

"It'd be very unusual for a solider getting in a fight in the battlefield wearing shorts." according to analyst Matt Larson.

Facing off against Travis Benning of Fort Benning who has a wrestling background, the fight immediately gets into the clinch range with Magny sprawling effectively while finding a home for his punches.

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As the match progresses Neil gets a chance to really showcase his grappling chops gaining back mount, attempting a standing kimura before ultimately ending the bout via triangle choke.

Check out the match in its entirety below

About Neil Magny (born August 3, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist. A professional mixed martial arts competitor since 2010, Magny has made a name for himself as a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson. He is currently signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, competing in the welterweight division and as of August 11 2016 he is the #7 ranked contender in the official UFC welterweight rankings.

He holds notable wins over Hector Lombard, Erik Silva and Kelvin Gastelum.