A battle of polished welterweight contenders tops the card on Wednesday as No. 8-ranked Michael Chiesa takes on No. 9-ranked Neil Magny in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Magny in Abu Dhabi. The main UFC fight card is slated for Noon ET. Chiesa and Magny are considered among the division's most well-rounded fighters because of their extensive arsenals that include striking, world-class grappling, and top-notch wrestling. The winner will make headway towards a title shot in an ultra-crowded division.
The No. 9-ranked Magny is a -130 favorite (risk $130 to win $100), while the No. 8-ranked Chiesa is a +115 underdog in the latest Chiesa vs. Magny odds from William Hill Sportsbook. The co-main event also features welterweights, as Mounir Lazzez (-215) takes on Warlley Alves (+185). Before locking in any UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Magny picks of your own, make sure you see what SportsLine MMA analyst Kyle Marley has to say.
Marley won the first-ever "ToutMaster" UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and appears regularly on multiple MMA betting and daily Fantasy shows. He watches every single fight for every professional MMA card and does extensive research before each event.
Over the past 23 months, $100 bettors who have followed Marley's picks are up more than $22,000. The accomplished MMA analyst heads into 2021 on the heels of a memorable run in 2020 that saw him hit on 24 of his last UFC 34 main event picks, a stretch that included a streak of five straight underdogs.
Marley started 2021 by picking up where he left off. He told SportsLine members to back Holloway (-160) against the resilient and powerful Kattar (+140), reasoning that the former champion's edge in volume and striking would be the difference. Holloway dominated the action wire to wire in a dizzying performance that earned the bout early Fight of the Year contention and gave Marley's followers another easy winner.
Anyone who has consistently followed Marley is way up, and you can only see his coveted Chiesa vs. Magny picks here.
Chiesa vs. Magny preview
Magny (24-7) is in the conversation among the most accomplished fighters in UFC history to have never competed for a title. The 33-year-old New Yorker is tied with two other fighters for earning a record five victories in one calendar year. He did so in 2014 and saw the mark tied last year by Kevin Holland. Roger Huerta first accomplished the feat in 2007.
The lanky grappling specialist has shared the Octagon with many of the sport's biggest names, and his career highlights include victories over former champions like Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler, whom he dominated in a three-round decision last August.
Chiesa (17-4) is a world-class grappler who has found success at welterweight after moving up from lightweight, where he found himself drained from difficult weight cuts. The 33-year-old Colorado native has looked stronger and more dangerous at welterweight and the power difference doesn't appear to faze him.
He knocked off veterans Carlos Condit and Diego Sanchez upon moving to welterweight, while his last appearance resulted in a unanimous decision over former champion Rafael dos Anjos. You can see who to back here.
UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Magny predictions
We'll reveal one of Marley's UFC Fight Night predictions here: He is taking Viviane Araujo (-330) to get her hand raised against Roxanne Modafferi (+270) in a matchup of ranked women's flyweight contenders.
The No. 8-ranked Modafferi (25-17) is one of the promotion's most popular female fighters because of her willingness to take on any opponent and her friendly demeanor outside the Octagon. Nicknamed "The Happy Warrior," Modafferi went 2-1 in 2020 and is coming off a narrow decision win against Andrea Lee in September.
Araujo (9-2) has gone 3-1 under the UFC banner while steadily seeing a rise in the level of competition. The 34-year-old Brazilian suffered her first UFC loss against Jessica Eye in December 2019 but bounced back with a decision win against Montana de la Rosa in September.
"Araujo is the younger, faster and stronger fighter and she should win every minute that she is not on her back. She will win the striking easily and maybe even get a stoppage," Marley told SportsLine.
How to make UFC Fight Night picks
Marley also has strong picks for Chiesa vs. Magny and every other bout on the UFC Fight Night card. He's also backing one fighter with a superior ground game to pull off a stunning upset. Get all of his UFC picks here.
Who wins Magny vs. Chiesa? And which underdog is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to get detailed picks on every fight at UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Magny, all from the incomparable expert who's up more than $22,000 on MMA in the past 23 months, and find out.
UFC Fight Night Chiesa vs. Magny odds
Neil Magny (-130) vs. Michael Chiesa (+115)
Mounir Lazzez (-215) vs. Warlley Alves (+185)
Isaac Villanueva (-135) vs. Vinicius Moreira (+115)
Viviane Araujo (-330) vs. Roxanne Modafferi (+270)
Tyson Nam (-130) vs. Matt Schnell (+110)
Lerone Murphy (-290) vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade (+245)
Tom Breese (-150) vs. Omari Akhmedov (+130)
Ricky Simon (-380) vs. Gaetano Pirrello (+310)
Su Mudaerji (-440) vs. Zarrukh Adashev (+360)
Dalcha Lungiambula (-140) vs. Markus Perez (+120)
Francisco Figueiredo (-150) vs. Jerome Rivera (+130)
Mike Davis (-180) vs. Mason Jones (+160)
Umar Nurmagomedov (-550) vs. Sergey Morozov (+425)
Manon Fiorot (-180) vs. Victoria Leonardo (+160)