Coach Urijah Faber
will be well-represented come June 1 at
the “Ultimate Fighter 15” finale, as charges Mike Chiesa
Iaquinta will lock horns in the evening’s headliner.
Iaquinta (Pictured, file photo) and Chiesa advanced by picking up
wins during Friday night’s 12th and final episode of Season 15. In
the first semifinal, Chiesa stopped James Vick in
the second round, hitting a double-leg slam and transitioning into
mount in order to unload with ground-and-pound and force the
referee stoppage. Shortly thereafter, Iaquinta clinched his finals
berth by outpointing Vinc Pichel
in a hard-fought unanimous decision victory.
The “TUF 15” finale takes place at the Palms Casino Resort in Las
Vegas and airs live on FX. In addition to the season finals, the
show will also see contenders Jake
Ellenberger and Martin
Kampmann face off in a pivotal welterweight duel.
Prior to besting Vick, Chiesa topped Jeremy
Larsen and Justin
Lawrence to earn his semifinal slot. After notching a quartet
of exhibition wins during his time on the reality show, Chiesa now
returns to the realm of professionally sanctioned bouts, where he
has also gone undefeated, posting seven consecutive wins to his
credit since beginning his career in 2008.
Iaquinta has tasted defeat just once as a pro, falling by
submission to UFC vet Pat
Audinwood at Ring of Combat 38 last November. The New Yorker
quickly reverted to his winning ways upon his arrival in the “TUF”
house, taking victories from Myles Jury
Ogle en route to facing Pichel in the round of four.