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Neil Magny recalls early training sessions with Robbie Lawler that helped him believe MMA was his future

When Neil Magny faces off with Robbie Lawler on Saturday night in the UFC Vegas 8 co-main event, he will be coming full circle with the start of his career.

While he first got interested in MMA while still in high school, it wasn’t until Magny was pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University that he ventured into a gym just outside St. Louis that helped him believe his growing fascination with the sport could transform into something more than just a hobby.

“When I first got involved in MMA, I was going to school at Southern Illinois University outside of St.