UFC Fight Night results: Michael Chiesa outgrapples Neil Magny for decision victory

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Michael Chiesa knew he needed a dominant performance against Neil Magny in Wednesday's UFC Fight Night headliner from Etihad Arena in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

The No. 8-ranked Chiesa went to his bread-and-butter and used his superior grappling for 25 minutes to beat Magny by a lopsided unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46). DAZN News scored the fight 50-45 for Chiesa.

While Chiesa has improved his standup game, "The Maverick" knew not to stay too long on the feet with Magny. Chiesa took Magny down time after time. The 33-year-old wasn't content with just keeping Magny there. He suffocated Magny and tried to find ways to batter Magny and try to finish him off. To Magny's credit, he survived, but that's all he did. 

The win pushed Chiesa's (18-4) winning streak to four. Most fighters who won on the show didn't call out who they wanted next. Chiesa made it clear who he wanted next, calling out one of former President Donald Trump's biggest supporters.

"If I wasn't able to push through five rounds, I can't even talk about being a champion," Chiesa said in his post-fight interview. "With that being said, the election is over: Colby Covington, your schtick is done. I want you next, boy!"

Here's what happened at UFC Fight Night: Michael Chiesa vs. Neil Magny.


  • Ricky Simon def. Gaetano Pirrello via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:00 of the second round
  • Su Mudaerji def. Zarrukh Adashev by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Dalcha Lungiambula def. Markus Perez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Francisco Figueiredo def. Jerome Rivera by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Mike Davis def. Mason Jones via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Umar Nurmagomedov def. Sergey Morozov by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:39 of the second round 
  • Manon Fiorot def. Victoria Leonardo via TKO at 4:08 of the second round


Main Card

  • Michael Chiesa vs. Neil Magny; Welterweight
  • Warlley Alves vs. Mounir Lazzez; Welterweight 
  • Isaac Villanueva vs. Vinicius Moreira; Light Heavyweight
  • Roxanne Modafferi vs. Viviane Araujo; Women’s flyweight
  • Matt Schnell vs. Tyson Nam; Flyweight
  • Lerone Murphy vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade; Featherweight


  • Ricky Simon vs. Gaetano Pirrello; Bantamweight
  • Su Mudaerji vs. Zarrukh Adashev; Flyweight
  • Dalcha Lungiambula vs. Markus Perez; Middleweight
  • Francisco Figueiredo vs. Jerome Rivera; Flyweight
  • Mike Davis vs. Mason Jones; Lightweight
  • Umar Nurmagomedov vs. Sergey Morozov; Bantamweight
  • Victoria Leonardo vs. Manon Fiorot; Women’s flyweight


Michael Chiesa outgrapples Neil Magny for decision win

Chiesa def. Magny by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46). Where did Magny win a round? A great performance by Chiesa. 

Chiesa-Magny Round 5

Magny is marching forward while Chiesa is on his bicycle in circling the Octagon. 

Magny connects on a combination but Chiesa sneaks in under the last shot and presses him against the cage. Strangley, Magny takes Chiesa's back and drops down. But Chiesa floats right on top and back to where the majority of the fight has taken place at. 

Couldn't ask for a better performance from Chiesa. (10-9 Chiesa, 50-45 Chiesa)

Chiesa-Magny Round 4

Chiesa is continuing his torrid pace. He blasts Magny with a straight right hand and immediately takes him back down to the mat. 

Magny keeps attempting to get up. Somehow, Chiesa gets Magny's back and is looking for the choke. Chiesa reverses and is now on top. That doesn't last long as Magny makes it to his feet and connects on a flying knee. Not enough to win the round though. Magny needs a stoppage to win. (10-9 Chiesa, 40-36 Chiesa)

Chiesa-Magny Round 3

Magny's team must be reading and supplying our information to him. He's pressing Chiesa against the cage and using shoulder strikes. A takedown by Magny and he's looking for the rear-naked choke. Chiesa makes it back to his feet. Great rebound for Magny. 

Magny is back in control in the clinch. But Chiesa reverses position and scores another takedown. Magny going for a heel hook but Chiesa wins the scramble and is on top 

Magny did so well for the first two minutes but Chiesa ends up on top as the round ends. (10-9 Chiesa, 30-27 Chiesa)

Chiesa-Magny Round 2

Magny begins the round well. He's using shoulder hits and gets Chiesa against the cage. A good reversal by Chiesa as they are in the clinch. And Chiesa secures another takedown. Magny makes back to his feet. He tries for a takedown of his own but a great reversal by Chiesa to be on top. 

Great shoulder pressure from Chiesa. It's not allowing Magny to garner much room to be able to do anything. It's not doing significant damage but it's grinding Magny down second-by-second. 

Chiesa has things in control. He continues to do the same thing, it will be a walk in the park. Magny has to find a way to stop the takedowns and impose his will. (10-9 Chiesa, 20-18 Chiesa)

Michael Chisea-Neil Magny Round 1

Pretty even first round so far. Chiesa is throwing heavy shots while Magny is the more active of the two. With two minutes to go, Chiesa scores a beautiful takedown. This is where Chiesa wants to be. He's better on the ground than the feet. When Chiesa sees an opening, he's throwing to the side of Magny's head.

Magny needs to be more active like he was in his last fight with Robbie Lawler or Chiesa will do this for 25 minutes. (10-9 Chiesa)

Main event time

It's time for the main event of UFC Fight Night as No. 8-ranked Michael Chiesa (17-4) battles No. 9-ranked Neil Magny (24-8) in welterweight action. Each guy is on a three-fight winning streak. Something has to give. Who will continue their winning ways?

Warlley Alves kicks his way to stoppage victory over Mounir Lazzez

Alves def. Lazzez by TKO at 2:35 of the first round.

Alves comes out with a stinging right hand. He's letting Lazzez know that he needs to respect his power as well. Alves looks to have found something with these body kicks. Lazzez needs to block those. Alves switches things up with a takedown. He's showing it all right now. 

A body kicks stuns Lazzez. Alves senses he has Lazzez in some trouble. Two more body kicks sends Lazzez crumbling to the canvas. A couple of punches by Alves and referee Herb Dean steps in to stop the fight.

What a performance by Alves. A good way to get back on track. 



Co-main event time

In the UFC Fight Night co-main event, Warlley Alves (14-4) faces off with Mounir Lazzez (10-1) in welterweight action. Alves, an Ultimate Fighter 3: Brazil winner, comes in having lost two of his last three. Lazzez had a successful UFC debut in his last time out, beating Abdul Razak Alhassan via unanimous decision. Lazzez has been called "The Middle Eastern Conor McGregor" as he's won eight of his fights by knockout.

A high standard to live up too. Excited to see him compete.

Ike Villaneuva scores an early 'knockout of the year' candidate of Vinicius Moreira

Villanueva def. Moreira by knockout at 0:39 of the second round. Villanueva connects on a nice body shot. Moreira throws a kick and Villanueva punishes him with an overhand right from his waist to knock Moreira out at the point of impact.

WOW! What a KO by Villanueva! A much needed win for Villanueva after losing back-to-back fights to get his first UFC victory. That is 14 wins via knockout for Villanueva. 



Time for the light heavyweights

Coming up at UFC Fight Night, Isaac Villanueva (16-11) faces Vinicius Moreira (9-4) in light heavyweight action. 

Viviane Arajuo batters Roxanne Modafferi for decision win

Arajuo def. Modafferi via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27). Araujo controlled every aspect of the fight. She outgunned Modafferi with hard shots on the feet and then dominated the action on the ground. Her jab was on point, which helped setup her takedowns when she needed them. 

A great win for Araujo. She beats a top eight fight with ease. 

Why don't fighters say who they want next in their post-fight interview? You are handed a microphone. Make the most of the opportunity you are given. 

Modafferi barely survives

At the end of the first round, Araujo sinks in a rear-naked choke. The choke is in deep. The horn sounds. How did Modafferi survive that? If there was an additional 30 seconds, it would have been over.

Ranked women's flyweights lock horns

Right now at UFC Fight Night, No. 8-ranked Roxanne Modafferi (25-18) squares off with No. 9-ranked Viviane Araujo (9-2) in women's flyweight action. Modafferi has been inconsistent as of late, going 3-3 in her six but is coming off an impressive unanimous decision win over Andrea Lee in September. 

Araujo is 3-1 inside the Octagon. She rebounded from her first UFC defeat to Jessica Eye and bested Montana De La Rosa via decision one week before Modafferi fought. 

Always exciting to see Modafferi compete. 

Matt Schnell takes care of business against Tyson Nam

Schnell def. Nam by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28). A great performance from Schnell. The decision came down to activity. Schnell was throwing and connecting with combinations while Nam continued to look for the one-hittr quitter. 

A good win that gets Schnell back on track after losing to Alexandre Pantoja in his last time out. Schnell has now won five of his last six fights.

Schnell and Nam duking it out

Schnell and Nam is living up to the billing through two rounds. They are slinging the leather with no let up. A close fight that comes down to the final round. 

Ranked flyweights doing battle

Coming up at UFC FIght Night, No. 9-ranked Matt Schnell takes on No. 13-ranked Tyson Nam (20-11-1). A fantastic scrap coming up. Don't get up as a lot of action is upon us.

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