Trying again, longtime UFC play-by-play man Jon Anik believes he could have gone slightly too onerous hyping Canadian standout Mike Malott.
Returning to the Octagon at UFC 297 earlier this month, Malott was a big favourite, closing at a -380 on a number of sportsbooks towards welterweight gatekeeper Neil Magny. By means of two rounds of motion, it appeared that the oddsmakers have been justified. Nevertheless, the tables were turned in the third when Magny poured it on and punished an exhausted Malott. Magny scored a TKO with simply 15 seconds left within the struggle.
Throughout a latest episode of The Anik & Florian Podcast, Jon Anik spoke concerning the immense reward he had given to Malott forward of struggle night time.
“Yeah, I imply, I do suppose that maybe I used to be responsible perhaps of overstepping slightly bit when it got here to a few of the hyperbolic stuff I used to be saying about Mike Malott,” Anik mentioned. “I imply, I finished at suggesting he’s overrated, proper? However the man by no means had a choice win, so expertise has gotta rely for one thing, I give Neil Magny an entire lot of credit score.”
Malott’s hype was not at all misguided. Going into the bout, the Waterdown, Ontario native was 10-1-1 with all of his victories coming by the use of end, together with six submissions and 4 knockouts. He was additionally driving a five-fight win streak that predated his 2021 look on Dana White’s Contender Series.
“I simply suppose that typically we get forward of ourselves, particularly with regards to sure guys in sure international locations with all due respect to Canada,” Anik added. “We’re dying to have a person take the torch, proper? And we went into this struggle pondering with no shadow of a doubt, probably the most proficient Canadian blended martial arts male proper now’s Mike Malott.”
Neil Magny received again into the win column following a lackluster efficiency towards Ian Machado Garry in August. The ‘Haitian Sensation’ is now 22-10 contained in the Octagon. His victory over Malott moved him up one spot to No. 12 within the welterweight rankings.