But more importantly, it provided the opportunity for the Bushwick-born star to keep his promise and donate $15,000 of his fight purse to a toddler in Colorado who struggles with a disease known as SMA, or spinal muscular atrophy.
“I started reading about this girl and her condition on her GoFundMe and I realized how much of a drastic situation her family are in,” Magny, 30, said leading up to the fight. “That’s what really inspired me to dig deep and make a bigger contribution than anything I’ve ever done in the past.”
Magny says he first heard of the one-year-old girl through one of his coaches. Seeing how much it affected someone in his circle, the seven-year Army veteran took it upon himself to make the donation.
Already with a good reputation, the 6-foot-3 welterweight contender, who was ranked ninth by the UFC prior to Sunday, simply wanted to do more.
“I’ve always contributed to things I’ve felt some kind of way about in the past, but it was always something comfortable for me, like a hundred bucks,” said Magny, prior to turning 21-6 after the first-round stoppage. “But I’m in a position where I’m able to help this person out and I should do it.
“When I look at it, I’m grateful for the opportunity to fight and blessed to have the opportunity to fight,” he added. “But this girl is literally fighting for her life and I felt really compelled to make a donation.”
Magny hasn’t met the young girl and her family, but his right knee met the face of his fill-in opponent in Liverpool, local standout Craig White, who stepped in as a late replacement for Gunnar Nelson, who had to bow out due to injury.
Magny’s knee sent White down to the octagon canvas, where Magny finished his opponent with a flurry of punches with 29 seconds left in round one, his seventh career finish by KO.
The Brooklynite challenged fifth-ranked welterweight Kamaru Usman, who is 13-1 with a 12-fight win streak going back five years, moments after the victory.
“I’ve been quiet for way too long. Kamaru Usman, you’ve been calling me out for two years, it’s time for me to beat that a--, baby!” he said.