Roger Huerta is the only fighter in UFC history to win 5 times in a calendar year. Saturday night Neil Magny looks to equal that number as he takes on William Macario at UFC 179. With another win, Magny has said he isn’t opposed to fighting once more to keep the streak going, but he isn’t going to twist the arms of the UFC brass. Magny keeps his philosophy about taking fights simple as he explained to MMAJunkie.com, “The UFC gives me a date and an opponent, and I show up.” With another win, Magny will continue his rise up the Welterweight ranks and get even tougher matchups, but that’s all part of the plan. “A goal would be to break the top 20 and then maybe the top 10,” Magny said. Before any long-term goals or records can be broken, Magny has to get by TUF: Brazil 2 finalist William Macario. Coming off a dominant win over the up-and-coming Alex Garcia in August, Magny will look to use his massive reach advantage and dominant standup game to earn another impressive victory.
During his 4 fight-winning streak in 2014, Magny has out-struck opponents 169 to 74. In his last two fights alone, Magny has out-struck the opposition 69 to 10. The matchup vs. Macario looks like it’s going to be another battle on the feet as both fighters have landed north of 3 strikes per minute during their UFC tenure. Macario has actually landed more strikes per minute than Magny (6.80 to 3.17) however Macario also absorbs double the strikes per minute that Magny does (3.36 to 1.54). This fight is going to be absolute fireworks and is a must-watch for both the hardcore and casual audiences!
Catch this fight in the main event of the preliminary card of UFC 179 live from Brazil on Fox Sports 1 as the action kicks of at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT!