Michael Chiesa vs Neil Magny Set to Headline UFC Fight Island 8 Main Card

Published 12/31/2020, 7:47 AM EST


The UFC on Fight Island 8 card now officially has a new headliner. The card was originally scheduled to headline by Khamzat Chimaev and Leon Edwards in an intriguing welterweight clash. But Michael Chiesa will now fight Neil Magny in the main event of the January 20th card.

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Chimaev had to withdraw from the event, as his proposed bout against Edwards fell off for the second time now. ‘Borz’ had contracted coronavirus and will need time to recover his lungs from the disease.

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In an interview with The Schmo, UFC President Dana White confirmed the news of pushing the co-main event to the main-event spot. Nevertheless, it will be a fascinating encounter between yet another pair of top welterweights.

‘Maverick’ Chiesa will be coming into the bout with a lot of momentum as he is currently on a 3 fight winning streak. His last win over Rafael Dos Anjos was probably Chiesa’s biggest in his career.

As for ‘The Haitian Dream’ Neil Magny, is riding on a 3-fight winning streak of his own. Also, his last win against Robbie Lawler was probably the most important of his career.

With two top welterweights carrying such momentum and going head to head, fireworks must be expected. It is an exciting stylistic match up worthy of a main-event spot. Both fighters will be looking to use this opportunity as a springboard for sure.

Khamzat Chimaev vs Leon Edwards will be pushed back yet again

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The UFC has no plans to scrap the planned bot between Edwards and Chimaev yet, despite it falling off twice. Dana White said they are looking for a new date to reschedule the bout.

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – JULY 20: Leon Edwards of Jamaica is interviewed after defeating Rafael Dos Anjos of Brazil by unanimous decision in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at AT&T Center on July 20, 2019, in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Fans are also keen to see that fight. Who do you think gets the win and leap forward between Chiesa and Magny?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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