Michael Chiesa cements himself as a legitimate welterweight contender, plus three big finishes on the UFC Fight Island 8 main card.
Take a look below at highlights from Wednesday's card, including: a head-spinning knockout, a crunching body kick finish and vice-like arm-triangle choke.
Michael Chiesa def. Neil Magny via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
Chiesa optimized a takedown and top-control heavy game to dominate Mangy en route to a 4-1 unanimous decision. Even when Magny managed to land a take down, Chiesa quickly found himself scrambling to the more favorable position.
Warlley Alves def. Mounir Lazzez via TKO (2:45, R1)
ke Villanueva def. Vinicius Moreira via KO (0:39, R2)
"Hurricane" Ike Villanueva did right by his nickname, spinning Moreira like a cyclone with a KO overhand right.
Viviane Araujo def. Roxanne Modafferi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Modafferi showed improved striking and a ton of heart, but it was not enough to stop Araujo from running away with a unanimous decision.
Matt Schnell def. Tyson Nam via split-decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Schnell vs. Nam was an under the radar rivalrly that went ever-so-slightly in Schnell's favor. The winning fighter was able to turn up the output and avoid Nam's nuclear power en route to a split decision.
Lerone Murphy def. Douglas Silva de Andrade via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Murphy put forth a strong effort against Silva de Andrade that earned him a clean sweep on one judge's scorecard.
Omari Akhmedov def. Tom Breese by submission via arm-triangle-choke (1:41, R2)
Akmehdov battered Breese on the feet and on the ground. He significantly outstruck his opponent en route to flipping the script and submitting the submission specialist.
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