Michael Chiesa

Maverick

USA

Can't rebound from slow start
WelterweightUFC
November 20, 2021
Chiesa lost to Sean Brady via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Chiesa finished with a flurry and the result may have very well been different if this fight was scheduled for five rounds, but as is, he had no chance of earning the decision. Chiesa accomplished little outside of his strong finish. Known as a high-level wrestler with zero stopping power in his hands, Chiesa somehow allowed Brady to land 5-of-8 takedown attempts. It was a shocking development and a classic example of Chiesa being beaten at his own game. Chiesa was making a legitimate push towards a title shot with four straight wins from December 2018 to January of this year, but he now has back-to-back ugly losses on his resume in a span of a little over three months. Toss in the fact he turns 34 years old in a couple weeks, and you have a fighter who finds himself at a legitimate career crossroads.
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Taking on Sean Brady in November
WelterweightUFC
September 2, 2021
Chiesa will fight Sean Brady in a welterweight bout Nov. 20, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Chiesa took a step back by losing to Vicente Luque in August, but he won't need much time to have a chance to get back on track. Chiesa possesses a four-inch advantage in height and a two-inch advantage in reach versus Brady.
Taps out to Vicente Luque
WelterweightUFC
August 7, 2021
Chiesa lost to Vicente Luque via submission (d'Arce choke) at 3:25 of Round 1 at UFC 265 on Saturday in Houston
ANALYSIS
What a disaster. Expected to have a significant edge in both the grappling and jiu-jitsu department entering the fight, Chiesa scored a big takedown and appeared to be on his way to securing a submission win via rear-naked choke, but Luque somehow survived and turned the tables. Chiesa was tapping out shortly thereafter. It's a shocking turn of events for a fighter who entered having won four in a row and appeared to be well on his way to making it five. Four of Chiesa's five career losses have come via submission. This is a crushing setback for the 35-year-old Washington native.
Gets August fight booked
WelterweightUFC
June 14, 2021
Chiesa will take on Vicente Luque in a welterweight bout at UFC 265 on August 7, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Chiesa will be coming in following his career performance back in late January when he defeated Neil Magny by unanimous decision. That pushed his career record to 18-4. Now he will get Chiesa who is coming off a submission victory over Tyron Woodley that moved him to 13-2 over his last 15 bouts.
Career performance in Abu Dhabi
WelterweightUFC
January 20, 2021
Chiesa defeated Neil Magny via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) at UFC Fight Island 8 on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
After a brief feeling out process in Round 1, Chiesa was able to use a body lock to record a takedown. He was unsuccessful with a kimura attempt, but still racked up control time and a few ground shots to likely win the frame. Chiesa took less than a minute to initiate a clinch in Round 2, and after fighting for position for 90 seconds, he eventually secured his second takedown. Magny got up, but Chiesa got his third takedown and used head pressure and shoulder control to stay in dominant position for the rest of the round. Chiesa ate a few shots to start Round 3, and after a brief clinch, it was Magny's turn to get the takedown. Chiesa worked back to his feet and landed a good left in the exchanges before things went back to the clinch. Chiesa worked another trip and ended up briefly in full mount after a scramble, later attempting a guillotine. He again finished Round 3 in top position. Chiesa landed a big right hand in the first minute of Round 4 that he used to secure another takedown. A few wild scrambles later, the two separated and Magny connected with a knee. Chiesa wisely went back to the clinch, and while Magny locked in a triangle for a moment on the ground, he never had a good enough position to truly threaten Chiesa, who escaped and again finished the round on top. Chiesa started Round 5 on his bicycle knowing he just had to stay alive. He impressively was able to land with his hands, showing a much-improved striking game. After 90 seconds, the two were back to the clinch -- Chiesa's bread and butter. Chiesa again got things to the ground and spent the rest of the fight controlling Magny in half guard. More of the same. Nonetheless, Chiesa looked the best he ever has here, dominating nearly all aspects of this fight. He should get a top-5 welterweight next time out as he looks to make one more run at the 170-pound belt. He called out Colby Covington in his post-fight interview -- a matchup we can definitely get behind.
Paired with Neil Magny
WelterweightUFC
December 22, 2020
Chiesa will take on Neil Magny in a welterweight matchup on Jan. 20 in Abu Dhabi, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Chiesa has bounced back from a pair of losses with a three-fight winning streak, a streak that corresponded with his move to welterweight. He most recently defeated Rafael dos Anjos by unanimous decision in January. Magny has also won three straight fights, all by unanimous decision, most recently defeating Robbie Lawler in August. As of early-January, Chiesa finds himself as a slight betting underdog of (+105).