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Midnight Mania! Michael Chiesa calls out ‘hardest fight’ Colby Covington

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UFC Fight Night Chiesa v Magny Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC

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Michael Chiesa put on one hell of a performance in his second main event slot early today, smothering Neil Magny for the majority of five rounds. “The Maverick” was really dominant on that mat, as his grappling skill extended his win streak to four, putting him in a pretty solid position at 170-pounds.

Chiesa used the opportunity to call out former interim champion Colby Covington in the cage. At the post-fight press conference, Chiesa elaborated on why he chose “Chaos,” and his answer was intriguing.

“He’s the toughest matchup for me,” Chiesa said (transcription via MMAJunkie). “Stylistically, that guy should beat me on any given Sunday. From a physical standout, from a mental warfare standpoint, there’s not a lot of boxes that you can check that favor me in that fight. But how can I say I want to be a champion if I don’t want to fight the best guys? Sometimes the best guys are the ones that are toughest for you stylistically.

“So when I look at the top five, I think that’s the hardest fight for me, so we’ll see what happens. If I come up short, I come up short. But I want to be the best, so I got to fight the best. So that’s the guy, and with me saying I wanna have the year I was supposed to have last year, it seemed fitting to just call out the same guy, so we’ll see how everything shakes out.”

It’s definitely a gutsy approach from Chiesa, who likely would struggle to drag Covington to the mat on his terms. However, a win would likely earn him a title shot, so the reward is definitely there alongside the risk.

At the moment, UFC intends to match Covington vs. former friend/current enemy Jorge Masvidal. That fight has struggled to materialize in the past, however, so perhaps Chiesa will get his wish.


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