It may not be the main event we wanted, simply because of how high profile of a fight Leon Edwards vs. Khamzat Chimaev is, but Michael Chiesa vs. Neil Magny was an exciting replacement nonetheless. Both men were on a three-fight win streak heading into UFC Fight Island 8, and looking to emerge as an early contender for the welterweight championship in 2021.
Michael Chiesa may have a career as an MMA broadcaster when his active fighting career inside the Octagon is over. But he put that future on hold for the UFC Fight Island 8 main event to pursue his dream of one day being a world champion. And a win over Neil Magny could put him on the right track.
Neil Magny has always been so close to the top of the mountain, but “The Haitian Sensation” seems to derail just prior to getting recognition in the championship talk. Magny has reinvented himself to this point, putting together a number impressive victories, however.
When it came down to it, Chiesa vs. Magny went all five rounds, in a grueling, grinding affair. The grinding pace that Michael Chiesa put on Neil Magny was enough to earn him the unanimous decision. The biggest surprise might have come post-fight. After paying his respects on the mic to Neil Magny, Chiesa took the time to intensely call out Colby Covington.
“The election is over, your shtick is done – Colby Covington, I want you next, boy!” Chiesa bellowed out following the win.
PROS GIVE THEIR TAKE
Check out how the pros reacted to Michael Chiesa vs. Neil Magny at UFC Fight Island 8 below!
— Jan Blachowicz (@JanBlachowicz) January 20, 2021
What a great grappling exchange by both man #AbuDhabi
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) January 20, 2021
— Natan Levy 🥋🥊 (@Levy_Natan) January 20, 2021
Chiesa knows his strengths and stickies to it!#UFCFightIsland8
— Herbert Burns (@HerbertBurnsMMA) January 20, 2021
— Kevin MTP Lee (@MoTownPhenom) January 20, 2021
Wonderful grappling by @MikeMav22
— Max Griffin (@MaxPainGriffin) January 20, 2021
— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) January 20, 2021
Wonder if he calls out colby again or takes a shot at wonderboy
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) January 20, 2021
— Alessio 'Manzo' Di Chirico (@ManzoDiChirico) January 20, 2021
Trending well for Chiesa this fight. The man who wins the clinch in this fight will be the winner. That man is @MikeMav22
— michael (@bisping) January 20, 2021
Welterweight @MikeMav22 is different🔥
— Anthony Pettis (@Showtimepettis) January 20, 2021