Neil Magny Believes Tyron Woodley Doesn't Have Much Time Left In MMA
Having picked up high-profile wins against Kelvin Gastelum, Erick Silva and Hector Lombard inside the last year, Magny is now riding a three-fight win streak and another win on Saturday night will push him ever closer to the summit of the welterweight division.
His opponent this weekend, Lorenz Larkin, will be no walkover though. Larkin himself is coming off a big win to Jorge Masvidal in May and will head into Saturday night full of confidence.
Magny, however, isn't going to be distracted by his opponent and is instead solely focused on pushing himself into the welterweight title picture.
"This is a great opportunity and I feel like I'm really close to fighting for a title," Magny said. "I think if I can get a dominant win over a great opponent then I feel like that will put me in a position for a title shot.
"I don't really go by the rankings too much. The fact they have Kelvin Gastelum ranked above me shows me they don't mean much anyway so I'll just go out there looking for a dominant performance and put myself in a position to fight for the title. Just the guys I've beaten in my last couple of fights show that I'm right there and ready to go."
Since Tyron Woodley won the UFC welterweight belt at UFC 201, the new champion has been criticized by fans and media for asking for 'money fights' instead of wanting to face the top contenders in the division.
While Magny believes that he should be the next challenger to Woodley, he understands the champion's position of wanting to make as much money as he possibly can while at the top of the game.
"It should be me," Magny said with a grin on his face. "I know that's a biased opinion but I should be fighting Tyron next for the title but at the end of the day, it is what it is. Tyron has to provide for his family and I know he doesn't have much time left in the sport so he needs to go out there and get his last big paychecks so that his family is well taken care of, by all means go ahead and do that.
"I know I'll be UFC champion eventually and my time is coming so I'm not worried about it."
Speaking about his own money situation, Magny revealed he wasn't necessarily going to be jumping onboard the Professional Fighters Association bandwagon anytime soon and said that he would rather deal with a promotion directly.
"I think it would just be great if the fighters and the promotion came together for a mutual agreement," Magny said. "At the end of the day could we use more money? Absolutely, we all want a bigger paycheck but I think it's more than that.
"I think it's things like retirement and things like that should be inserted instead of more pay. At the end of the day, I hope the promotions realize they are nothing without us and that we just come to some mutual agreement.
"If a union does go through I've got no idea who is going to join it, who is going to run it and how that's all going to work out. Who knows what's going to happen with that all."