UFC 297 results, highlights: Neil Magny makes stunning comeback to score last-second TKO against Mike Malott

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Neil Magny is still kicking despite a bad leg. The UFC’s most enduring welterweight survived 12.5 minutes of hell at UFC 297 on Saturday, and then Canada’s great hope Mike Malott had his flame extinguished.

Magny entered as the second-biggest underdog on the card at +290. The betting lines for most of his fights seemed reasonable. Malott fought more efficiently in Round 1 and targeted Magny’s main calf which had been damaged by Ian Machado Garry in August. The Canadian darling dominated Round 2 and was on pace to do the same in Round 3. Unfortunately for Malott, the wheels fell off the wagon. Magny defended his position on the ground at the end of round 3. It soon became clear that Maillot was completely gassed. Magny moved to top position and delivered a flurry of punches. Maillot opened fire and offered no resistance. The referee was forced to intervene with 15 seconds remaining in the fight, giving Magny a shocking Hail Mary victory.

Magny improved to 29-11, extending several UFC records. These include most welterweight wins (22), most welterweight fights (32) and most significant strikes landed in welterweight history. Malott snapped his six-fight winning streak and moved to 10-2-1. Malott was seen as the best Canadian to enter the UFC’s official welterweight rankings, capable of making a run for the title.

It was a tough night for the Toronto crowd. The male Canadian fighters went 0-7 at UFC 297. Even Arnold Allen, the English fighter who trained at Montreal’s Tristar Gym, lost his fight. It was not a total loss, thanks to Canada’s female fighters. Jasmine Jasudavicius and Gillian Robertson won their respective matches on Saturday to avoid a clean sweep. Far from a perfect 5-0 performance by the Canadian fighters in Vancouver for UFC 289.

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