For 'TUF 15' winner Michael Chiesa, UFC on FOX 8 provides rematch with Seattle


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

mike-chiesa-4.jpgIf you look at “The Ultimate Fighter 15? winner Michael Chiesa‘s record, it will show you an undefeated mark. But Listen to “Maverick,” and he’ll tell you a different story. He’s got one loss, and he’s ready to avenge it.

“For me, I’m treating this like a rematch,” Chiesa told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “I feel like I lost to Seattle in December. I’m getting my rematch.”

Chiesa, whose underdog story was one of the lasting storylines from “The Ultimate Fighter 15,” was expected to follow up his tournament win with a fight in his home state of Washington at this past December’s UFC on FOX 5 event. However, one week prior to his bout, Chiesa noticed a weird mark on his back.

A visit to the doctor revealed he had been infected with both shingles and staph. Chiesa decided he would try and battle through it, but UFC doctor Jeff Davidson decided that was not in anyone’s best interest.

“It was really hard, not only that it was my UFC debut but that I got to fight in my home state,” Chiesa said. “I had a lot of friends and family coming. I had a lot of things lined up. Honestly, it was something that I wanted to push, so I went to the doctor and got a diagnosis, and I had to take medicine for it. I was like, ‘I’m going to do the right thing and call the UFC and make sure it’s all good.’ When I called Dr. Davidson, he was like, ‘Dude, I can’t let you fight. There’s no way.’ I was like, ‘What?’

“It’s one of those things where I didn’t get the choice. They made the choice for me, but I know they had my best interests in mind. It’s one of those situations where if it was up to me, pride might have got the best of me, and I would have lost.

“They told me if I one I started taking the medicines, I would just be sapped. Everything I had done the last two months, all the work I had put in, they said it was all going to be a waste – basically telling me, ‘You really don’t have a chance to win from a medical standpoint.’ I didn’t have a choice, anyway. It was hard, but I’m one of those guys that I believe everything happens for a reason. I just trust in it and move past it. It’s a thing of the past.”

Chiesa said being forced off the card was a horrible experience but one that also gave him a chance to reevaluate his approach to fighting in his home state, where fulfilling ticket requests and assisting with travel bookings had taken as much of his time as training.

“The truth is, I stressed myself out too much with the Seattle situation,” Chiesa said. “I was getting all my friends tickets and lining up hotels. I was really taking on more than I should have been. I think I just stressed myself out too much. There was just too much going on at the time.”

Chiesa would be rebooked two months later, and he earned a submission win over Anton Kuivanen on the preliminary card of UFC 157 in California. Now he’s been given his next assignment: a bout with Swedish crazy man Reza Madadi (13-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at the UFC’s return to Washington for UFC on FOX 8, which takes place July 27 at Seattle’s KeyArena.

Chiesa said he’s taking an entirely different approach to the fight this time around, including putting a trusty friend in charge of handling all the friends and family hoping to attend the event. After all, this is his rematch.

“I’m such a competitive person, that’s how I look at,” Chiesa said. “Like, ‘Oh, Seattle. You got the best of me the first time around, but I get my rematch seven months later.’ I know what to not do now. Fighting in your home city, I’ve figured out, isn’t quite as easy as it used to be when you’re in the B Leagues. When you’re in the B Leagues, you’ve got a couple buddies that want to go. When you’re in the UFC, all your friends want to go. I can understand why. The events are amazing. But things are different this time around. I took on way too much.

“I should just be focused on fighting. Last time I was doing something I shouldn’t be doing. This time, I’m going to have other people handle it.”

With a win, Chiesa would take another step toward shedding the label of “The Ultimate Fighter” winner and moving toward his goal of becoming a UFC title contender. Chiesa knows there are a few hurdles between where he is and where he wants to go, but he’s keeping the end game in mind.

“Right now my goal is to just keep winning fights,” Chiesa said. “Win fights to where Joe Silva is going to call me and want to throw me into the top-15, top-10. I feel ready for it now, but I know that it’s a process. You’ve got to win fights. You’ve got to build your name. You’ve got to build up the reason why you should get the bigger fights. So I’m going one fight at a time, but my gameplan is to just stick to my winning ways.

“I can’t say it enough. I don’t fight pretty, but I win. That’s it. I’m not out there to be pretty. I’m not out there to be technical. I’m not out there to be the better-looking fighter. I’m just out there to win, and if it’s got to be ugly, whatever. I don’t really care. I’m just out there to win.”

For the latest on UFC on FOX 8, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 10 days ago
  • 48 views

A highly anticipated lightweight contest has been scrapped, as Michael Johnson has been forced to withdraw from a planned UFC on FOX 12 bout with Josh Thomson.Filed under: News, UFC more

  • 10 days ago
  • 55 views

"The Punk" gets punked ... yet again. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight number one contender, Josh Thomson, will no longer throw hands opposite Michael Johnson at the upcoming UFC on FOX 12 event, scheduled for the SAP Center in San Jose, California, on July 26, 2014. That's because "The Menace" has been injured, according to MMA Junkie, and forced to withdraw from the event. To complicate matters, the promotion has roughly two weeks to find a replacement against a fighter more

  • 10 days ago
  • 49 views

The anticipated lightweight match-up between Josh Thomson and Michael Johnson has been discarded after Johnson withdrew with an injury. One of the most exciting contests on the UFC on FOX 12 fight card will no longer be taking place, as Michael Johnson withdrew from his feature fight against Josh Thomson with an undisclosed injury. MMAJunkie.com was the first to report the news. The UFC is still looking for a potential opponent for Thomson, who is coming off a controversial decision loss to form more

  • 27 days ago
  • 87 views

Check out the UFC on Fox 12 fight card, scheduled for July 26th in San Jose, CA. UFC on Fox 12 only has ten bouts attached to the card at the moment but it's already one of the deeper cards of the year in terms of potential excitement. The promotion is returning to San Jose on July 26th for the show, and the headliner will be what amounts to a number one contender fight at welterweight with Matt Brown taking on Robbie Lawler. Brown has won seven in a row, while Lawler rebounded from a title shot more

  • 20 days ago
  • 126 views

The worldwide leader for mixed martial arts and UFC news, MMA News, UFC Rumors, MMA Rankings, Interviews, Videos, UFC Results, and UFC Blog more

  • 19 days ago
  • 51 views

The UFC will crown the first strawweight champion with The Ultimate Fighter 20, but it won’t stop the promotion from matching other strawweight fights before the season. Joanna Jedrzejczyk, unbeaten in MMA, will take on fellow UFC newcomer Juliana Lima at UFC on FOX 12 in San Jose, Calif., on July 26. Sources close to the situation confirmed the match-up to MMAFighting.com following a report from Groundandpound. Jedrzejczyk (6-0) earns a shot in the Octagon after scoring a second-round knockout more

  • 10 days ago
  • 48 views

With Major League Baseball taking up Fox Sports 1's schedule for July 26th, fans can look forward to watching the UFC on Fox 12 prelims on the Fox network. It's not often that the UFC being bumped off of Fox Sports 1 can be construed as a positive, but this could definitely be one of those rare exceptions. Due to a Major League Baseball doubleheader, the UFC on Fox 12 preliminary card will be broadcast on the Fox network in addition to the night's main card, which is headlined by Robbie Lawler a more

  • 10 days ago
  • 29 views

Green is forced to abandon Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night 47 in Maine; however, the promotion is expected to find a new opponent for "Killa" in the next few days. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight number one contender, Josh Thomson, is still competing this month, thanks to a last-minute save from Bobby Green for the upcoming UFC on FOX 12 event, scheduled for the SAP Center in San Jose, California, on July 26, 2014. FOX Sports brought word of the 155-pound pairing earlier more

  • 9 days ago
  • 25 views

Thanks, baseball! No more fumbling for the remote after the "Prelims." Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has been asked to leave the FOX Sports 1 network -- albeit temporarily -- to make room for Major League Baseball (MLB) programming on July 26, 2014. That's when UFC on FOX 12: "Lawler vs. Brown" pops off from the SAP Center in San Jose, California. As for FOX Sports 2? Already committed to soccer, so fight fans will get a rare treat with a four-hour block of mixed martial arts (MMA) progra more