NEWARK, N.J. | It's been a rough six months for Hammond native Neil Magny, but his chance to get off the schneid comes Saturday.
Magny (8-4, 1-2 UFC) opens up UFC 169 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., against Russian welterweight Gasan Umalatov.
Magny got his UFC shot on Season 16 of "The Ultimate Fighter," and he won his UFC debut.
But in August, he was submitted by Sergio Moraes in Brazil. He tried to rebound in November, but dropped a close unanimous decision to Seth Baczynski.
Fighters don't typically survive a UFC pink slip with a three-fight losing streak, so Magny could be in a must-win situation against Umalatov – who has six first-round finishes in his 14 career wins.
Lamas gets long-awaited title shot
Chicagoland native Ricardo Lamas finally gets his title shot at UFC 169.
The Oak Brook resident and former Elmhurst College wrestler, riding a four-fight winning streak since dropping to 145 pounds, fights longtime champion Jose Aldo in Saturday's co-main event. Aldo, from Brazil, is a 7-to-1 favorite in the fight. But Lamas isn't worried about those odds.
"They don't factor in heart and will into fights," Lamas said. "Every fight, the odds should be 50-50, in my head, because anybody can win in a fight."
Wineland starts climb back with win
Eddie Wineland needed a statement win to keep his name at the forefront of the bantamweight class after his loss to champ Renan Barao. He got it.
With a second-round TKO win over Yves Jabouin last week in Chicago, Wineland said he showed off a side of his offense he hasn't shown before.
"I wanted to show people that I do possess a ground game, I do possess ground-and-pound, I can control my opponents on the ground," he said. "It wasn't a perfect fight, but I was happy with the outcome."
Wineland said he hopes to be back quickly and put together several fights in the calendar year.
Hoosier Fight Club 19 set for Feb. 8
Hoosier Fight Club returns to Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso next week for HFC 19.
Headlining the card is a main event between Austin Tweedy and Tom Shoaff, who was a winner at HFC 17 last year.
The co-main event, though, features a pair of alumni from "The Ultimate Fighter" as Shamar Bailey takes on Kevin Nowacyzk.
Tickets are $35 for general admission and $65 for VIP seats and are available at localmmatickets.com.