Originally slated to face powerful wrestler Rick Story in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 74 on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, Brazil’s Erick Silva will now look to make it three in a row against welterweight workhorse Neil Magny.

Coming off of back-to-back first round submission victories Silva is riding a hot streak right now and is looking to finally break into the UFC welterweight top 10. While a win over Magny still won’t be quite enough to push him over that hump, it will put him in line for a top-tier opponent.

Magny, just one fight removed from an impressive seven fight winning streak, isn’t the best fighter Silva has faced in his career, but he is dangerous none the less. Constantly improving and evolving his game, Magny’s seven UFC wins in a row was not fluke. Silva is going to need to bring his “A” game if he is going to hand Mangy his second straight loss.

Close the Distance

At 6’3”, with an 80 inch reach, Magny is a very long welterweight. That length is the major obstacle that Silva must overcome to win this fight. If Magny can dictate the distance this fight is fought at, Silva is going to have a hard time finding success. Silva needs to close the gap and force Magny to fight small. Silva will have a major power advantage, but it won’t mean anything if he is too far away to land his shots.

Utilize the Clinch

Magny has shown that he knows how to utilize his length effectively in the clinch, but it’s also a vulnerable position for him. With Silva’s power and background in judo, he should look to force the clinch to keep the fight close. From the clinch, Silva can unload with brutally powerful knees and elbows to break Magny down.

Take the Fight to the Ground

Once Mangy has been battered, Silva needs to look to take this fight to the ground. Even though Magny’s length is a weapon from the bottom, Demian Maia showed that Magny’s jiu-jitsu isn’t quite where it needs to be. Even though Silva is nowhere near Maia’s level on the ground, he does have a solid BJJ game and 11 career submission victories to his credit.

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