Michael Chiesa

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Michael Chiesa
Born Michael Keith Chiesa
(1987-12-07) December 7, 1987 (age 26)
Aurora, Colorado
Other names Maverick
Residence Spokane, Washington
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Welterweight (formerly)
Reach 76.0 in (193 cm)
Style Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of Spokane Valley, Washington
Team Sik Jitsu Fighting Systems
Rank Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu [1]
Years active 2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 13
Wins 11
By submission 8
By decision 3
Losses 2
By knockout 1
By submission 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Michael Keith Chiesa[2] (/ˌkiˈɛsə/; born December 7, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist. A professional MMA competitor since 2008, Chiesa has made a name for himself fighting in his home state of Washington and winning FX's inaugural The Ultimate Fighter: Live. He currently fights for the UFC in the lightweight division.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Chiesa began his professional MMA career in 2008. He fought for several regional promotions in the north-western United States, going undefeated in his first seven fights,[3] before gaining an opportunity to appear on The Ultimate Fighter: Live reality show.[4]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Chiesa was one of 32 lightweight fighters announced by the UFC to participate in first live season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show.[5]

Chiesa earned his way into The Ultimate Fighter house, and a $5,000 bonus, with a submission victory over Johnavan Vistante in the elimination rounds.[6] He was chosen as the fifth pick for Team Faber. Chiesa's terminally ill father passed away shortly after his son's victory.[7]

After teammate Al Iaquinta picked up the first win for Team Faber, his coach decided that Chiesa would fight Jeremy Larsen next. Chiesa would go on to defeat Larsen by unanimous decision after two rounds.[8]

For his quarter-final fight, Chiesa was matched up with the highly favored prospect, Justin Lawrence. After a hard fought two rounds, the judges declared a draw and the fight went to a third, "sudden-victory" round. Early in the third round, Chiesa was able to reverse Lawrence on the ground, gain a mount position and win the fight by TKO, earning a $5,000 knock-out bonus and a place in the semi-finals.[9]

Chiesa was selected to fight Team Cruz fighter, James Vick, in the semi-final round. Chiesa won the fight via KO in the second round. He moved on to the finals against Team Faber teammate Al Iaquinta.[10]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Chiesa officially made his UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale on June 1, 2012 against fellow Team Faber teammate Al Iaquinta. Chiesa defeated Iaquinta by technical submission due to a rear naked choke 2:47 into the opening round thus becoming The Ultimate Fighter: Live's inaugural winner and received Submission of the Night honors for his efforts.

Chiesa was expected to face Rafaello Oliveira on December 8, 2012 at UFC on Fox 5.[11] However, Oliveira was forced out of the bout with a broken hand and replaced by Marcus LeVesseur.[12] Then, the week of the event, Chiesa was forced out of the bout with LeVesseur with the shingles and the bout was scrapped altogether.[13]

Chiesa next fought Anton Kuivanen on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157.[14] Chiesa submitted Kuivanen with a rear-naked choke in the second round.

Chiesa was expected to face Reza Madadi on July 27, 2013 at UFC on Fox 8.[15] However, on May 14, 2013, it was announced Madadi was pulled from the bout due to visa issues. Chiesa instead faced Jorge Masvidal.[16]Chiesa was stopped by Masvidal in the second round due to a submission, resulting in the first defeat in his professional career.

Chiesa next faced Ultimate Fighter winner Colton Smith on November 6, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 31.[17] He won the fight via submission in the second round. The win also earned Chiesa his second Submission of the Night bonus award.[18]

Chiesa faced Francisco Trinaldo at UFC 173 on May 24, 2014. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Chiesa faced Joe Lauzon on September 5, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 50.[19] After a back and forth fight, Lauzon defeated Chiesa via TKO in the second round after opening a significant cut above Chiesa's right eye, forcing a doctor's stoppage.[20] The performance earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.[21]

Film and television[edit]

Chiesa was featured in the award-winning mixed martial arts documentary Fight Life, the film is directed by James Z. Feng and released in 2013.[22]

Championships and achievements[edit]

  • MMAValor.com
    • 2012 MMA "Valor" Award [23]
  • Lords of the Cage
    • LOTC Lightweight Championship (One time) [24]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–2 Joe Lauzon TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs. Mousasi September 5, 2014 2 2:14 Ledyard, Connecticut, United States Fight of the Night
Win 11–1 Francisco Trinaldo Decision (unanimous) UFC 173 May 24, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–1 Colton Smith Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 November 6, 2013 2 1:41 Fort Campbell, Kentucky, United States Submission of the Night
Loss 9–1 Jorge Masvidal Submission (D'arce choke) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga July 27, 2013 2 4:59 Seattle, Washington, United States
Win 9–0 Anton Kuivanen Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 157 February 23, 2013 2 2:29 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 8–0 Al Iaquinta Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale June 1, 2012 1 2:47 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won The Ultimate Fighter 15; Submission of the Night[25]
Win 7–0 Darrell Fenner Submission (rear-naked choke) CageSport 16 October 1, 2011 1 0:45 Tacoma, Washington, United States
Win 6–0 Matt Coble Submission (rear-naked choke) Lords of the Cage 6 July 16, 2011 1 2:13 Manson, Washington, United States
Win 5–0 Evian Rodriguez Submission (rear-naked choke) Lords of the Cage 5 April 28, 2011 1 1:03 Airway Heights, Washington, United States
Win 4–0 Darcy James Submission (D'arce choke) Battlefield Fight League 7 March 26, 2011 1 0:53 Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Win 3–0 Andy Paves Decision (unanimous) Rumble on the Ridge 14 October 20, 2010 3 5:00 Snoqualmie, Washington, United States
Win 2–0 Brian Wilson Decision (unanimous) Arnett Promotions 3 February 21, 2009 3 5:00 Clarkston, Washington, United States
Win 1–0 Charon Spain Submission (triangle choke) Thunder and Lightning August 16, 2008 2 N/A Lapwai, Idaho, United States

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 4–0 James Vick KO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Live May 25, 2012 (Live airdate) 2 1:55 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter: Live Semi-Final round
Win 3–0 Justin Lawrence TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Live May 11, 2012 (Live airdate) 3 1:02 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter: Live Quarter-Final round
Win 2–0 Jeremy Larsen Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Live April 6, 2012 (Live airdate) 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter: Live Preliminary round
Win 1–0 Johnavan Vistante Submission (rear naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Live March 9, 2012 (Live airdate) 1 2:05 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter: Live Elimination round

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mike Chiesa revela ser fã do jiu-jítsu brasileiro: 'Foi o que me conquistou'". SporTV. February 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.tapology.com/fightcenter/fighters/15253-mike-chiesa-maverick
  3. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Mike-Chiesa-46224
  4. ^ "'The Ultimate Fighter 15' cast unveiled with 32 lightweight fighters". MMAJunkie.com. February 27, 2012. Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ "'The Ultimate Fighter 15' cast unveiled with 32 lightweight fighters". MMAJunkie.com. February 27, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mixed martial arts results, Season 15 – The Ultimate Fighter". State of Nevada, Department of Business and Industry Athletic Commission. March 9, 2012. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/michael-chiesa-continues-march-honor-father-ultimate-fighter-144900922.html
  8. ^ "Episode No. 5 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Live'". MMAJunkie.com. April 6, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Episode No. 10 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Live'". MMAJunkie.com. May 11, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Episode No. 12 Recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Live'". mmajunkie.com. May 25, 2012. 
  11. ^ Staff (August 30, 2012). "UFC on FOX 5 adds Mike Chiesa vs. Rafaello Oliveira". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Replacement Marcus LeVesseur meets Michael Chiesa at UFC on FOX 5". MMAjunkie.com. October 24, 2012. 
  13. ^ Staff (2012-12-03). "Michael Chiesa ill, scratches from Saturday's UFC on FOX 5 event". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  14. ^ Staff (2012-12-20). "Mike Chiesa vs. Anton Kuivanen added to UFC 157 fight card on Feb. 23 in Anaheim". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  15. ^ Staff (2013-04-23). "Michael Chiesa vs. Reza Madadi added to UFC on FOX 8 in Seattle". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  16. ^ "Reza Madadi out of UFC on FOX 8, Jorge Masvidal now meets Michael Chiesa". mmajunkie.com. 2013-05-14. 
  17. ^ John Petit (2013-08-23). "Michael Chiesa Vs Colton Smith Confirmed For Fight For The Troops". fighters.com. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  18. ^ Staff. "UFC Fight Night 31 bonuses: Kennedy, Chiesa, Khabilov, Masvidal win $50,000". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-11-06. 
  19. ^ Tristan Critchfield (2013-06-17). "Lightweights Joe Lauzon, Michael Chiesa slated for UFC Fight Night in Connecticut". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  20. ^ Staff (2014-09-05). "UFC Fight Night 50 results: Michael Chiesa end prematurely ends thriller with Joe Lauzon". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-09-05. 
  21. ^ "UUFC Fight Night 50 bonuses: Lauzon, Chiesa, Souza and Rothwell win $50,000". MMAjunkie.com. September 6, 2014. 
  22. ^ Fight Life: MMA Documentary
  23. ^ http://mmavalor.com/2012/12/31/the-mma-valor-2012-year-end-awards/
  24. ^ http://firstroundmanagement.com/first-round-management-signs-the-ultimate-fighter-15-winner-mike-maverick-chiesa/
  25. ^ "TUF Live Finale bonuses: Kampmann, Chiesa, Lawrence, Cofer win $40K awards". mmajunkie.com. June 2, 2012.