Michael Chiesa (18-4-0) utilized his grappling to take a comfortable unanimous decision victory over Neil Magny (24-8-0) in the main event of UFC on ESPN 20 Wednesday afternoon at Fight Island.

Chiesa, ranked No. 8 opened up with some strikes and kept Magny on the defensive with takedowns and grappling control, winning four of the five rounds on all judges scorecards.

The judges scored it 49-46, 49-46, and 49-46.

Chiesa earned his fourth consecutive victory, while Magny had a three fight win streak snapped with the loss.

Mike Davis and Mason Jones earned Fight of the Night, while Umar Nurmagomedov and Warlley Alves earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

MAIN CARD

LERONE MURPHY VS. DOUGLAS SILVA DE ANDRADE

 

WINNER: LERONE MURPHY VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: LERONE MURPHY VIA UD 

Andrews: Murphy used his height and reach to keep de Andrade away.

TYSON NAM VS. MATT SCHNELL 

 

WINNER: MATT SCHNELL VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MATT SCHNELL VIA UD

Andrews: Schnell did enough to win, getting the fight to the ground.

ROXANNE MODAFFERI VS. VIVIANE ARAUJO 

 

WINNER: VIVIANE ARAUJO VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ROXANNE MODAFFERI VIA UD

Andrews: Wow. Araujo had no respect at all for Modafferi’s striking. It’s time for the Happy Warrior to hang them up.

ISAAC VILLANEUVA VS. VINCIUS MOREIRA CASTRO

 

WINNER: ISAAC VILLANEUVA VIA TKO R2 0:39

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ISAAC VILLANEUVA VIA TKO

Andrews: True to from, Villaneuva went after it and got it.

WARRLEY ALVES VS. MOUNIR LAZZEZ

 

WINNER: WARRLEY ALVES VIA KO (PUNCH) R1 2:35

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MOUNIR LAZZEZ VIA TKO

Andrews: Alves stuffed the notion of an upset real quick. Excellent win for Warlley.

MAIN EVENT

MICHAEL CHIESA VS. NEIL MAGNY

 

WINNER: MICHAEL CHIESA VIA UD (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: NEIL MAGNY VIA UD 

Andrews: Chiesa recognized he had the grappling advantage and using it. Magny just could not take advantage of his counters. Good win.

The next UFC event is UFC 257, scheduled for Saturday Jan. 23 at Fight Island. No. 2 lightweight Dustin Poirier takes on No. 4 Conor McGregor in the main event.

@kenaiandrews

UFC on ESPN 20: Michael Chiesa outgrapples Neil Magny