The UFC continues its time at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates with the second of three cards in a week, UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs Magny, set to take place on January 20.
This welterweight matchup is between two top-10 contenders poised to take the next step in the division, and I have a preview and prediction along with all of the UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs Magny odds below.
Of course, this event is the appetizer for the Fight Island finale, UFC 257, headlined by the return of Conor McGregor as he fights Dustin Poirier for the second time.
Michael Chiesa looks to become a player in the welterweight division since moving up from lightweight in late 2018. “Maverick” has picked up three wins in his new weight class, including victories over former interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit and former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.
Also riding a three-fight winning streak is Neil Magny, who has a history of winning streaks until he reaches the higher-ranked names in the division. Perhaps this is the streak to bring him to the top as he’s coming off a victory over former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler.
Online sportsbook Sportsbook has released UFC Fight Island 8: Chiesa vs Magny odds and has listed Magny as the -145 favorite, with Chiesa coming back as a +115 underdog. This means you would have to bet $145 to profit $100 with a Magny win, while a $100 bet on a Chiesa win would profit you $115.
Looking at the Chiesa vs Magny odds, our sports betting calculator tells us Magny’s odds of -145 represent an implied win probability of 59.18 percent while Chiesa’s odds of +115 have an implied win probability of 46.51 percent.
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Michael Chiesa vs Neil Magny Preview, Prediction & Odds
After battling with the scale at lightweight before even stepping in the cage, Chiesa (+115) seems to have found a weight class where he may be able to make a run for a title. Looking to halt that momentum is Magny (-145), who won three straight fights in 2020 after a full year off and is ready for a big 2021.
Prediction: Neil Magny (-145) via decision
Warlley Alves vs Mounir Lazzez Preview, Prediction & Odds
Following a successful UFC debut in July over Abdul Razak Alhassan, Mounir “Sniper” Lazzez (-250) looks to make it two in a row in his new weight class and three straight overall. Opponent Warlley Alves (+195) has been on a win-one, lose-one streak over his last four fights, most recently losing to Randy Brown in November 2019.
Prediction: Mounir Lazzez (-250) via knockout
Ike Villanueva vs Vinicius Moreira Preview, Prediction & Odds
Two men desperately searching for a victory will duke it out in this fight. Vinicius “Mamute” Moreira (+115) has dropped all three of his fights in the Octagon since earning a contract in Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Brazil in 2018. “Hurricane” Ike Villanueva (-145) is 0-2 in his two fights in the UFC after winning four in a row outside the promotion.
Prediction: Vinicius Moreira (+115) via submission
Roxanne Modafferi vs Viviane Araujo Preview, Prediction & Odds
Roxanne “The Happy Warrior” Modafferi (+255) had a strong 2020, winning two of her three fights, including cashing as a +525 underdog vs Maycee Barber. She has been on a win-one, lose-one streak over her last nine fights but hopes to stop that and collect back-to-back wins. Looking for consecutive wins of her own is Viviane “Vivi” Araujo (-335), who won her only fight in 2020 over Montana De La Rosa.
Prediction: Viviane Araujo (-335) via knockout
Matt Schnell vs Tyson Nam Preview, Prediction & Odds
Tyson Nam (-135) had an active 2020, fighting three times and winning the last two, both by knockout. He looks to continue this streak against Matt “Danger” Schnell (+105), who returns to the Octagon for the first time in over a year and is coming off a first-round knockout loss in December 2019.
Prediction: Matt Schnell (+105) via decision
Lerone Murphy vs Douglas Silva de Andrade Preview, Prediction & Odds
Douglas Silva de Andrade
Putting his undefeated record on the line and searching for his second win in the Octagon is Leron “The Miracle” Murphy (-305). Looking to put a loss on Murphy’s record is Douglas “D’Silva” Silva de Andrade (+235), who eyes his first winning streak since he won two in a row in 2015-16, most recently beating former bantamweight champion Renan Barao.