Neil Magny vs. Michael Chiesa Added to UFC’s Jan. 20 Fight Island Card

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After multiple callouts of Michael Chiesa from top welterweight Neil Magny, it looks as though he has got his wish.

Per a report Tuesday, Neil Magny and Michael Chiesa is in the works for the January 20 Fight Island card. The news was first reported by Brett Okamoto at ESPN. Before the bout was agreed on, Magny (24-7) called out Chiesa (16-4) twice after back-to-back victories inside the cage.

A tough out for any welterweight, Magny is a tricky athlete with great movement. Consequently, the 33-year old is on one of the best streaks in his career. With decisive wins over Jingliang Li, Anthony Rocco Martin, and former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, the “Haitian Sensation” has maintained a top position in the welterweight division. While most of his performances end in a decision, Magny has incredible control over how the pace of a fight plays out.

Similar to Magny’s standup game, Chiesa’s ground control puts a furious pace on the opponent as well. In addition, Chiesa is also on a three-fight win streak. With notable victories over, Carlos Condit, Diego Sanchez, and Rafael dos Anjos the former lightweight fighter has never looked better.

Featuring Khazmat Chimaev versus Leon Edwards as the headliner, the UFC’s January 20 card will no doubt be a big hit. Furthermore, it will serve as the second of a three-event stint at Fight Island starting January 16. Ultimately Fight Island will end with one of the biggest fights in recent memory as Conor McGregor returns against Dustin Poirier in a pivotal lightweight matchup.

With the addition of Neil Magny and Michael Chiesa, here are the rest of the bouts scheduled for the second fight island card:

  • Leon Edwards vs. Khamzat Chimaev
  • Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Lerone Murphy
  • Francisco Figueiredo vs. Jerome Rivera
  • Roxanne Modafferi vs. Viviane Araújo
  • Matt Schnell vs. Tyson Nam
  • Michael Chiesa vs. Neil Magny
  • Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown
  • Mike Jackson vs. Dean Berry