Can Neil Magny take the next step, become a UFC title contender?

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After going 1-2 in a mundane 2013 run, Neil Magny has accumulated a record-breaking 5-0 UFC record in 2014, and is closing in on title contention.

In February, Magny outpointed newcomer Gasan Umalatov over three rounds, and, by May, he had made it twofold with a decision over MMA veteran Tim Means.

Over the Summer, Magny wasn’t on vacation, and continued to distend with back-to-back victories over Rodrigo De Lima (TKO 2) and Alex Garcia (UD 3), which was perhaps the best of his career.

Finally, we saw the long 6’3 Welterweight travel to Brazil to batter and, after three long rounds, TKO William Macario. This fight tied Roger Huerta’s record for five consecutive UFC wins in a calender year.

Neil Magny isn’t done yet.

Magny wants to make a sixth UFC appearance before year’s end, and, if he wins, Magny will be aiming for the title picture in due time.

His punch accuracy, sharpness, and often underrated ground-game could get him far, although some may question how he’ll handle the physicality of the top 175-lb fighters.

So, who can Magny face to settle into the Welterweight biosphere?

The injury bug has bit, and given Magny many last-minute fight opportunities. If he fights again this year, the likeliness of Magny getting a top-fifteen opponent is slim, as it will likely be under similar conditions to his previous fights.

In 2015, it can be different.

The loser of November’s UFC 180 bout between Jake Ellenberger and Kevin Gastelum could be an opponent worth exploring for the Brooklyn-born Denver resident.

25-year-old “Young Gun” Jordan Mein and well-rounded 11-0 Ryan LaFlare both recently cracked the UFC’s official top-15 rankings, and, much like Magny, await a true breakthrough in their ebbing careers.

It’s a simple formula: Neil Magny needs to keep winning, but, to really make his mark, he must win against a greater level of opposition.

He might just have the tools to do just that.

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