Michael Chiesa tonight (Sat., July 7, 2018) looked to rebound from a quasi-controversial loss his last time out at the expense of former Lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, on UFC 226’s pay-per-view (PPV) main card, which took place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was a bout that was originally scheduled to take place a few months ago, but then Conor McGregor and his band of goons decided to attack a bus in Brooklyn.
Nevertheless, Chiesa — who missed weight before the match and stated he was done at Lightweight — needed a big win this evening to keep his momentum rolling. Pettis, though, apparently did not get the memo.
Chiesa wasted zero timing going after “Showtime” and getting the fight down to the canvas. He attempted to work him over from the back, but Pettis was able to get back to his feet in short order. Chiesa seemingly wanted no part of Pettis’ stand up, closing the distance almost immediately and eventually scoring another takedown. After a brief roll, Chiesa stood up and gave him some room, which was not the best idea as “Showtime” unleashed a nice head kick from his back that was ultimately blocked. Chiesa tried some spinning shit as the first round came to a close, but it didn’t have the impact that he had hoped and the round eventually came to a close.
Pettis started off the second round on fire, nailing him with a straight right hand and then flying attack that sent Chiesa down to the canvas. Pettis immediately capitalized, trapping Chiesa in a triangle, which “Maverick” squirmed to try and escape. The next iteration, though — an armbar with the triangle still locked in — was a fight-ender. Chiesa tapped almost immediately, realizing that there was no way out.
What a solid performance from Pettis, who appears to have maybe gotten his groove back after a failed Featherweight experiment. It’s early, still, but the rib injury stoppage he suffered against Dustin Poirier notwithstanding, he has looked impressive since his return to 155 pounds.
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