Las Vegas — Neil Magny has revealed the origin of his nickname.
Magny is the latest of a dying breed in MMA. He will fight anyone, anywhere, anytime, and it doesn’t matter if you are ranked behind him or not at all. He faces rising prospect Shavkat Rakhmonov at UFC Vegas 57, and he never thought about not fighting.
“I’m here to fight the best guys in the world. I mean, especially with the changing mixed martial arts landscape and the changing combat sports landscape. We don’t just see the best against the best, but we’ve also seen the most marketable against the most marketable,” Magny told Cageside Press during his UFC Vegas 57 media day. “For me, fighting Shavkat is fight one of the top up and coming players, so I’m ready to go out there and test myself against them and show why I deserve to fight a top five opponent and possibly fight for the title.
Magny’s combat nickname is unique. There is only one “The Haitian Sensation,” and he explained his origin on Wednesday.
“Yes, so I decided to go [with] “Haitian Sensation’s nickname.” It was something that had been thrown around for a while. But I decided to use that nickname, especially after going on a mission trip to Haiti,” Magny said. “One of the things I noticed when I was there was that all the missionaries I worked with in Haiti all revolved around young, innocent children. It’s like, ‘oh, yeah, a three-year-old orphan like, sure, I’m going to love giving the world to this kid and supporting him and doing whatever I can for him.’ But as these kids get older, and they start to come out of orphanages, and they start to become young adults, like 16, 17, 18, there’s not a lot of people who are ready to come out and support them. , whether it’s like going through trade school, college, wherever.
“And so for some of these kids, they like, they don’t have a vision for themselves. They don’t have a goal for themselves… It’s like, okay, great, I had someone to take care of me from birth until now, but where does my life go from here? And with the Haitian Sensation moniker, it’s more to inspire these kids to dream big and to do what you want to do. So if you want to be an engineer, a doctor, an athlete, whatever it is, go for it. Pursue whatever you can do. So you can see me, another Haitian athlete, doing its best. There is no doubt in my mind that you go out and do the same for yourself. That’s why I chose this name.
Watch the rest of Neil Magny’s interview from the UFC Vegas 57 media day above. The event takes place this Saturday, June 25 at the Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.