UFC 163 fight card primer: Sergio Moraes vs. Neil Magny

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The Bloody Elbow team looks at all 12 fights taking place tonight at UFC 163 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Here, we look at Sergio Moraes vs. Neil Magny.

TUF 16 meets TUF Brazil in his welterweight matchup between Neil Magny (8-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Sergio Moraes (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) on the preliminary card of UFC 163 in Brazil. Magny is literally one of only three fighters from that dreadful TUF 16 cast still in the UFC. Moraes recently picked up his first UFC win after losing in the TUF Brazil Finale.

Moraes is a four-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion who is a threat to anyone on the ground. Magny is a wrestler who will have to watch out for Moraes' submission game. The UFC 163 prelims air live on FX at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT and then the PPV broadcast kicks off at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT.

How do these two stack up?

Moraes: 31 years old | 6'0" | 72" reach
Magny: 26 years old | 6'2" | 81" reach

What have these two done recently?

Moraes: W - Renee Forte (SUB) | L - Cezar Ferreira (UD) | W - Etoube Manuelo (SUB)
Magny: W - Jon Manley (UD) | W - Daniel Sandmann (UD) | L - Andrew Trace (SUB)

How did these two get here?

Moraes started off 6-1 in his MMA career, with 5 of those wins coming by submission. He found himself on TUF Brazil and made it all the way to the semifinals, where a flying knee by Daniel Sarafian ended his night. However, with Sarafian unable to compete in the finale with an injury, Moraes replaced him against Cezar Ferreira, putting in a wild fight centered around striking but ultimately losing a unanimous decision. Moraes later dropped to welterweight and submitted Renee Forte by rear-naked choke in the 3rd round at UFC 153.

Magny took to pro MMA in 2010 and rattled off 6 straight wins to start off his career. In 2012 he was selected to compete on TUF 16, where, like Moraes, he advanced to the semifinals but was knocked out in the opening round by Mike Ricci. Given the poor quality of the show, Magny was fortunate to have a UFC contract secured, and he avoided an immediate release with a unanimous decision win over fellow TUF 16 losing semifinalist Jon Manley at UFC 157.

Why should you care?

Oh jeez ... uhh ... two TUFers? Moraes is entertaining? I would be lying to you if I said you should care about any fight involving someone from TUF 16.

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