UFC Rochester has its co-main event and will feature Neil Magny taking on Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos in a welterweight scrap. The UFC made the announcement Wednesday afternoon in a pre-sale advertisement graphic on social media. The main event for UFC Rochester will feature Kevin Lee making his welterweight debut against Rafael dos Anjos.
Neil Magny (21-7) is currently ranked #12 in the welterweight division. The UFC veteran has struggled to put a streak together in recent years and has gone 3-3 since August of 2016. Still, Magny’s overall résumé boasts victories over names like Kelvin Gastelum, Johny Hendricks, and Carlos Condit. Most recently, Neil Magny suffered a loss to surging welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio last November.
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (21-5) is a fast-rising welterweight who, since his initial skid in his UFC debut in April of 2016 has rallied together seven consecutive wins, four of which have come by stoppage, including dos Santos’s most recent victory over Curtis Millender earlier this month at UFC on ESPN+4. During this impressive run, dos Santos has also earned victories over names like Sean Strickland, Max Griffin, and Lyman Good. Zaleski dos Santos currently sits only one spot beneath Magny at #12.
Update: Elizeu Zaleski now claims that he has not offiically accepted the fight:
Should the co-main event be made official, the updated UFC Rochester lineup will look as follows:
Main Event: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Kevin Lee
Co-Main Event: Neil Magny vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
Sijara Eubanks vs. Aspen Ladd
Megan Anderson vs. Felicia Spener
Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Ian Heinisch
Zak Cummings vs. Trevin Giles
Grant Dawson vs. Mike Trizan
Patrick Cummins vs. Ed Herman
Who do you predict will be victorious at UFC Rochester? Neil Magny or Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos?