The second UFC event of 2021 will see welterweight rivals Michael Chiesa and Neil Magny slug it out on Fight Island.
The world of MMA is back in the deserts of Abu Dhabi for a trio of special events culminating with Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 next weekend.
The UFC is back on Fight Island as Michael Chiesa and Neil Magny prepare to face off
After Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar do battle on Saturday, there will be an extra midweek fight card.
Chiesa vs Magny will headline the night’s action.
Chiesa beat Rafael dos Anjos last January while Magny saw off Robbie Lawler in August.
Chiesa v Magny: Date and start time
This fight will take place on Wednesday, January 20 and will take place at the Etihad Arena on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
The action is set to get underway at 3pm in the UK with the main event expected to start at 8pm.
Chiesa v Magny: TV and live stream
This event will be broadcast on BT Sport 3 in the UK with coverage of the prelims starting at 3pm.
Their main show will begin at 5pm ahead of the main event.
It will be live streamed on BT Sport’s website and app for subscribers.
The early prelims will be shown on UFC’s Fight Pass and in the US, all prelim bouts will be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in English and Spanish.
EE mobile customers can get a FREE three-month trial of BT Sport by texting SPORT to 150. You can then cancel the trial at any time.
Conor McGregor takes on Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 next weekend
Chiesa v Magny: What has been said?
Michael Chiesa: “You can’t expect to look good beating Neil.
“That’s a tough expectation to put on yourself when you’ve got a guy as well-rounded as he is. He doesn’t really have any glaring weaknesses.
“He’s just a good all-around fighter. He’s very well conditioned. He comes from a good team. Good human being. There’s really nothing bad I can say about the guy. He’s just a good all-around sport.
“But I have certain aspects to my game. He’s good at everything, but I think there’s things that I do better than he does. Those are the things I need to emphasise and capitalise on.
“I think I’m going to surprise a lot of people with how I look coming out there. I’m not the same guy that fought (Rafael dos Anjos).
“I’m not expecting to look pretty beating Neil Magny. I’m just going to go in there and do whatever I need to do to get the job done.
“I’m going to be pursuing a finish as I always am, but if we got to go blood-and-guts for five rounds, so be it. I’m ready to do whatever I’ve got to (do to) get the job done.”
Chiesa v Magny: Fight card
Subject to change
MAIN EVENT: Michael Chiesa vs. Neil Magny, Welterweight
Warlley Alves vs. Mounir Lazzez, Welterweight
Isaac Villanueva vs. Vinicius Moreira, Light Heavyweight
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Viviane Araujo, Women’s Flyweight
Lerone Murphy vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade, Featherweight
Ricky Simon vs. Gaetano Pirrello, Bantamweight
Su Mudaerji vs. Zarrukh Adashev, Flyweight
Dalcha Lungiambula vs. Markus Perez, Middleweight
Francisco Figueiredo vs. Jerome Rivera, Flyweight
Mike Davis vs. Mason Jones, Lightweight
Matt Schnell vs. Tyson Nam, Flyweight
Victoria Leonardo vs. Manon Fiorot, Women’s Flyweight
Strict social distancing measures will be in placeAlex McCarthy
Chiesa v Magny: Will fans be able to attend?
There will be three Fight Island events culminating in UFC 257 and all will have a limited number of fans in attendance.
All three shows will have spectators present after the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism confirmed they would be allowed in.
It will be the first time since March that a UFC event will have a live crowd.
However, spectators will have strict instructions.
Rules for fans
Spectators in the Etihad Arena must agree with and abide by the following conditions. Failure to do so will result in no entry
1. Upon arriving to the venue entrance, all spectators will undergo a check of their valid 48-hour PCR test, thermal scanning and ticket checks. Spectators will have to present the AlHosn App OR a medical center report for the valid 48-Hour PCR test
2. Any spectator showing signs of high fever or does not have a valid 48-hour PCR COVID-19 test will be denied entry with no refunds to their ticket
3. Wearing a face mask is always mandatory within the venue, even when seated
4. Adhere to social distancing guidelines in and around the venue
5. Contactless payments are required
6. Food and non-alcoholic beverages can be ordered from your seat and through hawkers or via physical concessions at the venue
7. Alcohol will be available through hawkers and physical concessions at the venue
8. Sanitisation of the venue will take place prior to the event
9. Sanitisers are placed around the venue
All security and COVID-19 checks will take up to 1 hour before entry so please plan your trip accordingly.
A statement on the official Twitter page declared: “The triple header will see three mega-fights, utilizing Abu Dhabi’s proven ‘safe zone’ concept to protect the health and safety of all delegates, spectators, crew and media.”
The Etihad Arena has a maximum capacity of more than 18,000, although no further information was provided as to how limited attendance would be.
Set in Yas Bay, the Etihad Arena has an 18,000 capacity but UFC expects around 2,000 for the events
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