Neil Magny will be looking to kickstart another winning streak this Saturday at UFC Fight Night 74, after his rise up the welterweight ranks was halted by Demian Maia earlier this month.
Magny has been tapped to fight Erick Silva on Saturday night, after Rick Story had to withdraw due to injury. The bout will go down approximately three weeks after Magny was dominated and submitted by Maia on August 1st.
Heading into the UFC 190 bout, Magny was riding a seven fight winning streak, and a win over Maia may have moved him into the title shot mix. Maia’s vaunted jiu-jitsu game proved to be too much, however, which is why Magny recently told UFC.com the following:
“That loss is a humbling experience for me,” Magny said. “I listen back to some of the interviews I had before that fight and I was like, ‘Yep, eight-in-a-row and I’m going to be fighting so-and-so and so-and-so after this fight.’
“That loss humbled me, reminded me that I haven’t won anything yet and to focus on what’s in front of me and take it from there. I appreciate that humbling and take it as motivation moving forward to just help me focus on what’s in front of me and not think too far ahead.”
It will be interesting to see how Magny does against Silva, who is a very dangerous fighter in his own right. All six of Silva’s UFC wins have been finishes.
UFC FN 74 will be hosted by Saskatoon’s Sasktel Centre. In the main event, Charles Oliveira will face fellow featherweight contender, Max Holloway.