It’s been a big month for Michael Chiesa, who upset Beneil Dariush at UFC on FOX 19 in April, (nearly losing his bowels in the process) called the Venator card that went down in Italy (the country of his heritage), and got rebooked into a main event slot against Tony Ferguson at UFC Fight Night 91 in July (in the promotion’s maiden voyage to Sioux Falls, South Dakota).
Now a winner of three fights in a row and going against one the lightweight division’s top contenders, Chiesa is knocking on the door for a title shot. That’s why he wanted to fight Ferguson. So that he can position himself into an undeniable spot with a win.
And he’s already laying out his conditions for after he takes out “El Cucuy.”
“Tell you what, not if but when I beat Tony, there are only three conditions I will comeback and compete,” Chiesa said during a spot on The MMA Hour. “I will come back and compete if it’s for a title shot, a main event in Italy, or a main event in Spokane, Washington. But when I beat Tony, I’m going to do it in a way that it’s an exciting fight, back-and-forth, I’m going to get the finish. I beat the No. 3 guy in the world.
“So why is this not a No. 1 contender fight?”
Chiesa laid it out further by laying out the overall list of casualties that he and Ferguson have accrued over the years. But, he also conceded that the 155-pound division is a tough one to guarantee anything.
“It’s just hard to bill it,” he said. “In the lightweight division there are so many fighters and so much fluctuation in the rankings that it all boils down to politics as to who gets ….View full article
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