Although for several moments at UFC Fight Night 66, it looked like Neil Magny’s winning streak was going to come to a violent halt, the welterweight’s dramatic rise up the ranks continues…
Magny took some heavy, heavy shots from Hyun Gyu Lim early on in their fight on Saturday, but the American fighter wouldn’t go away. Magny managed to make it through the perilous flurries of Lim, kicked his wrestling game into action, and went on to stop the South Korean fighter in round two.
“He definitely caught me with a shot that rocked me, but I knew in the back of my mind to stay composed, and try to get the fight back. He throws everything with power so it was real easy to try to avoid it or slip it when he comes in, so I knew I just had to keep my composure and get it to the ground and recover.”
It was certainly an impressive win for Magny, as he showcased a ton of heart and grit, as well as his dangerous top game. If you’re keeping score, the 27 year-old has won seven straight fights now…Yup, how many guys can say that in the UFC? Since Magny was decisioned by Seth Baczynski in 2013, he’s gone on to defeat Gasan Umalatov, Rodrigo Goiana de Lima, Tim Means, Alex Garcia, William Macario, Kiichi Kunimoto and now Lim.
So, what is Magny thinking should come next? Considering his awe inspiring run?
“I think I pretty much deserve to start fighting guys in the top five at this point.”
That’s a fair point. No question. Will it happen though? Hard to say. Currently, Magny is sitting in the #15 spot at 170, although that could change once the rankings are updated. When you look at the names of the guys in the top five, and the upcoming schedule, however, one would think a top ten opponent is more likely. How about Tarec Saffiedine? If he’s ready to return in several months time?