Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone as UFC on FOX 8 blew the roof off KeyArena last Saturday night (July 27, 2013) in Seattle, Washington.
Many combatants were left licking their wounds after a wild night of fights including Jake Ellenberger, who came up short on the judges scorecards against Rory MacDonald in a snoozer (read about it here). And John Moraga, who was submitted in the final round by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson (highlights here).
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 16 winner looked to remain unbeaten in his young mixed martial arts (MMA) career as he faced off against Strikeforce import Jorge Masvidal, who was on a mission to show every "overhyped" lightweight what a true fighter is all about.
While "Maverick" wasn't exactly the talk of the town, he does have a TUF trophy and did carry with him an undefeated (9-0, 2-0 UFC) record on his resume prior to his clash with "Gamebred," making him a good "stepping stone" for anyone looking to climb the ranks and bring his name into the spotlight.
Chiesa looked good early, dropping Masvidal in the opening stanza and appeared to go up two rounds to zero heading into the third frame ... if he would have been able to hang on for one more second, that is.
With one tick of the clock remaining in round two, Masvidal forced Chiesa to tap with an airtight D'arce choke from the former street fighter gone pro, who picked up only his second submission win as he ruined "Maverick's" mint fight record.
So, what went wrong for the bearded brawler?
It's tough to say.
Michael did everything right, for the most part, and proved to be the more dominate fighter. However, Masvidal showed that regardless of how the majority of the fight is playing out, your fortune can change in a blink of an eye if you just keep fighting until the end.
Many might blame Chiesa's corner for not screaming at him to hold on for a few more seconds, but who's to say they weren't? They may have been yelling at the top of their lungs, but on the verge of losing consciousness, I can only imagine it's difficult to comprehend anything when your only thought is to try and get a breath of air.
The two scrappy 155-pounders could perhaps put on another award-winning performance as they try to get back into the win column. Neither of them are knocking at the door of top-10 status at the moment, so a match-up between the two is the only option that makes sense at the moment.
Unless, of course, you have another opponent in mind.