Michael Chiesa on How Lee/Pettis Trash Talk Changed Him Forever

For most of Michael Chiesa’s MMA career, he has put his head down and got to work as a true grinder both on and off camera. All the while, he has typically steered clear of being engaged in trash talk leading up to a fight. But there were two notable e…

For most of Michael Chiesa’s MMA career, he has put his head down and got to work as a true grinder both on and off camera. All the while, he has typically steered clear of being engaged in trash talk leading up to a fight. But there were two notable exceptions to this that have […]

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Michael Chiesa Eying Rematch With ‘Dork’ Kevin Lee

Now that both men are at 170 pounds, Michael Chiesa is eying a rematch with former foe Kevin Lee. The pair initially met back in the summer of 2017, where Lee submitted Chiesa in the first round. However, the finish was a controversial one, as Chiesa never went out or tapped to Lee’s rear-naked choke. […]

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Now that both men are at 170 pounds, Michael Chiesa is eying a rematch with former foe Kevin Lee.

The pair initially met back in the summer of 2017, where Lee submitted Chiesa in the first round. However, the finish was a controversial one, as Chiesa never went out or tapped to Lee’s rear-naked choke. Since, both men have jumped up from lightweight, and now compete at 170 pounds.

Chiesa had a successful debut at welterweight this past December at UFC 232, submitting Carlos Condit. As for Lee, he has been struggling as of late, with two-straight defeats inside the Octagon. He debuted at 170 pounds with a submission loss to Rafael dos Anjos in May.

Speaking to MMA Frost Radio, Chiesa expressed his desire to rematch Lee at their new weight class (via MMA News):

“Let’s run it back. We talked about it. I told him, ‘If you beat me fair and square, that’s fine. I can live with that.’ That’s the nature of the beast. This is a sport. But there was some uncostly intervention for him, but it was costly for me. And, yeah, I definitely want to run it back.”

At 31-years-old, Chiesa would rather run it back with “The Motown Phenom” now rather than later, as he doesn’t want to get caught by the 26-year-old Lee at the tail end of his career:

“I’d rather do it sooner than later, because I’m a lot older than he is,” Chiesa said. “So I don’t want him catching me when I’m in the twilight years of my career and he’s getting into his physical prime.

“When you’re getting into your early 30s, that’s when you’re in your prime. So I’d rather fight Kevin sooner than later. But I can see the fight happening. It’s just all about timing and trajectory.”

There was a ton of bad-blood between Lee and Chiesa heading into their first fight. However, “Maverick” maintains he respects every man who steps into the Octagon against him, even if Lee is a “dork”:

“I respect every guy I fight. Do I think (Kevin Lee) is a dork? Absolutely. But that doesn’t mean he’s not a good fighter. So if the timing’s right, let’s run it back, main event, but no Yamasaki. That guy will never be remotely close to any of my fights ever again.”

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Michael Chiesa Still Wants Rematch With Kevin Lee

Michael Chiesa’s first ever UFC main event did not go as he wanted it to, and almost two years to the day, Chiesa still would like to run it back with Kevin Lee. Kevin Lee defeated Michael Chiesa in the main event of UFC Fight Night 112, but it was not…

Michael Chiesa’s first ever UFC main event did not go as he wanted it to, and almost two years to the day, Chiesa still would like to run it back with Kevin Lee. Kevin Lee defeated Michael Chiesa in the main event of UFC Fight Night 112, but it was not without controversy. Kevin Lee’s […]

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Kevin Lee Intends to Remain in Welterweight Division

Kevin Lee had lost two of his last three fights at lightweight prior to making the decision to move up to welterweight. Bound for a fresh start, Kevin Lee entered the Octagon against Rafael dos Anjos last month at UFC Rochester with renewed confidence …

Kevin Lee had lost two of his last three fights at lightweight prior to making the decision to move up to welterweight. Bound for a fresh start, Kevin Lee entered the Octagon against Rafael dos Anjos last month at UFC Rochester with renewed confidence and a new sense of purpose. But before the fourth round […]

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Kevin Lee Explains Phone Call With Georges St-Pierre

Kevin Lee has had his eyes on Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov for quite some time now. However, the now welterweight wanted to fight one of the best to ever do it in Georges St-Pierre. “I wanted to fight him (St-Pierre), because going into it, w…

Kevin Lee has had his eyes on Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov for quite some time now. However, the now welterweight wanted to fight one of the best to ever do it in Georges St-Pierre. “I wanted to fight him (St-Pierre), because going into it, win lose or draw, I’m going to learn something from […]

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Quote: Khabib Could Be In For A ‘Long Night’ Against Dustin Poirier

One former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim title contender believes Khabib Nurmagomedov may struggle against Dustin Poirier. On Sept. 7, Nurmagomedov will take on Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 242. This will be a title unificatio…

One former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim title contender believes Khabib Nurmagomedov may struggle against Dustin Poirier. On Sept. 7, Nurmagomedov will take on Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 242. This will be a title unification bout as Nurmagomedov is the lightweight champion, while Poirier is the interim title holder. UFC 242 […]

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