A lot of times, these foreign-based pay-per-view cards leave a lot to be desired in terms of the prelims.
That is not the case for UFC 179 this Saturday night, as officials have given us every reason to tune in on FOX Sports 1 after a pair of bouts on UFC Fight Pass.
We’ll kick things off with Andre Fili, a member of Team Alpha Male, against Felipe Arantes; see Scott Jorgensen take on Wilson Reis; witness Yan Cabral battle Naoyuki Kotani; and cap the action with Neil Magny looking to secure his fifth win of 2014 against William Macario.
Donald Cerrone started the year off by talking about his desire to fight as much as possible, and while “Cowboy” has done that aplenty, it is Magny looking to go 5-for-5.
After scoring a decision win over Gason Umalatov in February, the alum of The Ultimate Fighter returned with another decision vs. Tim Means in May. He jumped on a plane just over a month later and finished Rodrigo de Lima in New Zealand before returning home and scoring a decision over Alex Garcia.
Now, while most view Cerrone and Robbie Lawler as the odds-on favorites right now to claim “Fighter of the Year,” Magny is a deserving contender if he can solve Macario. The 23-year-old will be competing on his home soil and is coming off a decision last year over Bobby Voelker.