UFC Quick Quote: ‘One day' Michael Chiesa will be a world champion in MMA

Jeff Gross

On the heels of a second-round submission victory over Anton Kuivanen at UFC 157, TUF 15 winner Michael Chiesa says his long-term goal in the sport is to "one day" become a world champion.

"I want the fights that are going to put me closest to the title. If you're not in this sport, in the UFC to be the best then you're sadly mistaken. And I don't care if the fights get tougher, if they get uglier - I will keep winning and some day I will be the world champion, and I mean that. Some day someone's is going to come back to this interview and say, ‘Wow, this kid meant it.' So, I want to work my way to a title shot."

-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight and winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 15 Michael Chiesa tells Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting that his goal is to be a world champion following his second-round submission of Anton Kuivanen at UFC 157: "Rousey vs. Carmouche" last month in Anaheim, California. "Maverick" pushed his record inside the Octagon to 2-0 with the submission victory at the Honda Center to keep his undefeated mixed martial arts (MMA) record in tact (9-0), and now has his sights set on the top of the division. The 25-year-old has a long way to go before getting a sniff of top-10 competition, let alone a title shot, but his ambition has to be commended.

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