I’m Not GSP… I’m Carving My Own Way: Neil Magny Issues Statement After Setting New Welterweight Record At UFC Vegas 64

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UFC welterweight Neil Magny has etched his name in history books with a new divisional record, but wants to have his own identity in contrast from the acclaimed 170-pound GOAT, Georges St-Pierre.

I’m carving my own way in the record books: Neil Magny

At UFC Vegas 64 last Saturday night, “The Haitian Sensation” defeated Daniel Rodriguez, forcing the latter into a tap after locking in D’Arce choke in the third round during their bout at the UFC Apex.

The win has put Magny at the top of the most wins in UFC welterweight history at 20, surpassing the previous record holder, none other than GSP. While addressing the same during the post fight press conference, Magny insisted that while he doesn’t come close in greatness to St-Pierre, he is focused on carving his own path.

“One of the biggest things I had to come to terms with recently is appreciate the guy that came before me and realize that I’m through my own path in the UFC,” said Magny. “It’s real easy to add to the mental pressure both in the fight and after the fight is over, where you feel like you kind of came up short or could’ve done better when you’re constantly comparing yourself to other people. I believe Georges St-Pierre is the greatest welterweight of all time. It was cool to get to the point where I have the most wins in UFC right now, but I have to accept his career is far different from mine.

“I can’t look at Georges St-Pierre’s career and what he’s done in the sport and feel like I fell short or I did accomplish enough, because that’s just added mental pressure I didn’t need. … If I start to buy into the hype and constantly comparing myself to GSP, when the day does come that I walk away from it, I may have a dark shadow over it like, ‘OK, you had a great career. But you weren’t GSP.’ I know I’m not GSP. I’m Neil Magny and I’m carving my own way in the record books and blazing a path for myself,” the 35-year-old added. [H/T MMA Junkie]

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