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Best bets for UFC's Fight Island 8

By Lou Finocchiaro  ( 


Wednesday’s UFC event begins at 6 a.m. Pacific Time, so the theme might as well be Beatdowns and Bagels.

Max Holloway dominated Calvin Kattar in last week’s 2021 UFC kickoff event held at Fight Island. Holloway’s impressive performance clarifies his position as the No. 1 contender to the featherweight title. Insight the Octagon earned a full unit of profit to kick off the year and now looks to Wednesday’s UFC Fight Island 8 production.  

Fight Island 8, the second of three events this week, is highlighted by an international collection of fighting talent converging on Abu Dhabi from 11 countries. The fighters and their skill sets are diverse in nature yet designed for one result — to incapacitate the opponent and elevate oneself into more lucrative opportunities.


Welterweight (170 pounds) Main Event

Fight fans will be treated to a terrific elimination fight as eighth-ranked Chiesa takes on ninth-ranked Magny. The victor will earn his way into near title contention while the loser must regroup, refocus and recommit to regain lost momentum.

Chiesa has won three straight bouts after moving up from lightweight to the 170-pound welterweight division. At 6-foot-1, Chiesa is physically large enough to wage war with the welterweights as evidenced by those three victories, yet the athletes he defeated in Carlos Condit and Diego Sanchez are no longer regarded as top-20 fighters. The other was against a fighter too slight to be regarded as a legitimate welterweight in Rafael dos Anjos, who has since returned to lightweight.

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