Neil Magny returns to work today and, by the time the ink hits this page, his fight will be in the books.

That's because Magny fights in Auckland, New Zealand, which is 17 hours ahead of us in the region. Magny (10-3, 3-2 UFC) fights Brazil's Rodrigo Goiana de Lima (8-1-1, 0-0 UFC) on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night 43.

Magny, who formerly trained in the area and twice fought on Hoosier Fight Club shows before signing with the UFC, brings a modest two-fight winning streak into the bout. But it's his work rate that is standing out among the crowded welterweight division right now.

This will be Magny's sixth UFC fight in 16 months, not including his time on Season 16 of "The Ultimate Fighter." Midway through the calendar year, he'll already have three fights in, putting him well above the average fighter's UFC schedule.

In de Lima, he gets a UFC newcomer who took the fight on a month's notice when another Brazilian, Claudio Henrique da Silva, was forced out with an injury. "Monstro," just 22, has six of his eight career wins by submission, including three straight first-round choke wins. So Magny will be on the lookout, as two of his three losses have come after getting caught in chokes.

Oak Brook's Lamas returns after title fight loss: Ricardo Lamas will try to get back on track Saturday night in the second of the UFC's two shows this weekend. "The Bully" fights for the first time since losing a featherweight title fight in February.

Lamas (13-3, 4-1 UFC) takes on Hacran Dias (21-2-1, 1-1 UFC) on the main card of UFC Fight Night 44 in San Antonio, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1 (9 p.m.).

Lamas lives in Oak Brook and was a standout wrestler at Elmhurst College. Before reaching the big leagues more than five years ago, he cut his teeth locally, including for the Hammond-based Ironheart Crown promotion.

He's a 2-to-1 favorite over Dias, a highly touted Brazilian who is fighting in America for the first time in his 24-fight career after 22 fights in his native Brazil, one in South Korea and one in Japan. Those two fights resulted in a loss and a draw.

Hoosier Fight Club 21 set for Sept. 13: After its 20th event earlier this month, Hoosier Fight Club will take the summer off before returning in September.

HFC 21 is set for Sept. 13 at the promotion's longtime home, the Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso.

No fights have been announced for the card, though the promotion likely will try to put together the HFC 20 main event that fell off the week before that card when Kevin Nowaczyk (15-3) suffered an injury that took him out of his fight with Dom Steele (11-4). The winner of that fight was expected to get a close look from the UFC.


Sports Copy Editor

Jim is a copy editor for The Times who works out of Valparaiso. A South Central High School (1984) and Ball State ('89) grad, he’s covered preps most of his career. He received the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association’s Media Award in 1997.