Michael Chiesa (17-4 MMA, 11-4 UFC) won his fourth match in a row, overpowering and dominating against Neil Magny (24-8 MMA, 17-7 UFC) in the headliner of tonights’ UFC Fight Night.
Chiesa used his grappling knowledge, dragging the rival down to the canvas, and working his way towards a win from there, not allowing Magny to have the slightest hopes of avoiding a defeat.
In the end, all three judges scored in Chiesa’s favor with the same result, 49-46.
Magny was inferior in all the aspects of the fight, having fewer significant strikes, 12-24, total strikes, 52-93, fewer takedowns, 1-4, and what is more important was in control for just 2:15. At the same time, Chiesa dictated the tempo and rhythm for 15 minutes and 21 seconds.
The Maverick began imposing his gameplan right from the start, aiming to make it a wrestling contest, and force Magny to be defensive and lose more of his energy. On a couple of occasions during the opening two rounds, he landed big elbows, but nothing special.
Third sequence saw Magny taking down Chiesa, but that was pretty much all from his tonight, as Maverick immediately bounced back, regaining the swing, continuing at the same pace as before.
He would run down the clock in the final two rounds, calmly controlling the situation even though Magny had some pushes trying to finish the match. He knew that the scoreboard is against him, but all of his attempts to flip the flow of the battle were unsuccessful.
This was the fourth consecutive victory for the 33-year old who will improve his rankings in the division. Before tonight’s event, he was No.8, but this victory will move Chiesa up. Before defeating Magny, Maverick was better than Carlos Condit, Diego Sanchez, and Rafael dos Anjos, the latter two both via unanimous decision.
He already called out Colby Covington, demanding that Chaos accepts his challenge to meet him inside the octagon. Since losing to Kamaru Usman in the title unification match, Covington only met Tyron Woodley and defeated the former champion. It will be interesting to see his answer on a pretty cheeky challenge Chiesa sent tonight.
Magny’s three-win streak stopped tonight. After beating Robbie Lawler in August this year, his ambitions rose, but it seems that he needs to work more in order to become a potential contender for both the title or at least the title-eliminator.