Craig “The Thundercat” White has become the 86th Cage Warriors fighter to sign for the UFC by stepping in on 12 days’ notice to fight Neil Magny at UFC Liverpool. Magny was left without a dance partner for the UFC’s first trip to Merseyside when Gunnar Nelson was forced off the card with a knee injury. UFC confirmed that it would be White taking his place on Tuesday when it announced the welterweight bout through their social media channels.
Magny (20-6), who trains with the Denver-based Elevation Fight Team, will face Craig White at UFC Fight Night on May 27 in Liverpool, England. White (14-7) replaces Gunnar Nelson and is making his debut with the company.
On May 10, Magny posted on Instagram that if he gets a new opponent, he would pledge a portion of his earnings from the bout to help 1-year-old Presley O’Doherty battle spinal muscular atrophy. It is a disease that affects part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement.
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The @ufc came through and found me a game opponent for May 27th in Liverpool. Now I get the privilege of putting on a great show for the fans and keeping my promise to Presley and her family. I'm going to donate $15,000 of my purse to help her get the medical care she needs #ag2g
“If the UFC is able to find me an opponent for May 27th,” he wrote on Instagram, “I will donate $15,000 of my fight purse to help this little girl and her family get the care that she needs.”