Neil Magny vs. Michael Chiesa Targeted for UFC Card in Abu Dhabi on Jan. 20

By: Tristen Critchfield
Dec 22, 2020

A pivotal welterweight clash is on tap for Jan. 20 in Abu Dhabi, as Neil Magny is expected to square off against Michael Chiesa at a UFC Fight Night event.

ESPN was first to report the pairing. UFC Fight Night takes place on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi and is headlined by a 170-pound tilt between Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev. Either Chiesa or Magny could serve as a back up for the main event, according to the report.

After not competing at all in 2019, Magny went 3-0 within the Las Vegas-based promotion this year, earning successive decision triumphs against Jingliang Li, Anthony Rocco Martin and Robbie Lawler. The Elevation Fight Team product is 17-6 in UFC competition with other notable wins against the likes of Carlos Condit, Johny Hendricks, Hector Lombard, Kelvin Gastelum and Tim Means.

Chiesa, meanwhile, has emerged as a contender at 170 pounds since moving up from lightweight in 2018. “The Ultimate Fighter 15” winner has kicked off his welterweight run with victories against Carlos Condit, Diego Sanchez and Rafael dos Anjos. “Maverick” went 7-4 during his stint at 155 pounds.

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