Conor Mcgregor Advised to Fight UFC Bus Assault Victim By Chael Sonnen

Conor Mcgregor Bus Assault Chael Sonnen Michael ChiesaThe one and only Conor Mcgregor is inching closer and closer to making yet another blockbuster return, and the beloved Chael Sonnen has chimed in with his thoughts on who Mcgregor should face for his comeback fight. “Michael Chiesa. That’s the one that has absolutely never been discussed by anybody,” Sonnen said on YouTube (transcribed […]

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The one and only Conor Mcgregor is inching closer and closer to making yet another blockbuster return, and the beloved Chael Sonnen has chimed in with his thoughts on who Mcgregor should face for his comeback fight.

“Michael Chiesa. That’s the one that has absolutely never been discussed by anybody,” Sonnen said on YouTube (transcribed by The Mirror).

“But just to remind you guys. When the bus incident between Conor and the dolly and Khabib took place (back in 2018), there was lawsuits that followed that. And Chiesa was one of them. Chiesa got glass into his eye, it was very bad experience. I think that there’s a story there.” Sonnen continued.

“I’ve always thought there was a story there that should be told. But neither guy has told it. Neither guy’s manager told it, neither camp has told it, no trainers have told it. But that’s the match. That’s a very interesting match from a stylistic standpoint. That checks a lot of boxes.”

Who Will Conor Mcgregor Face for his UFC Return?

‘The Notorious’ has been posting pictures, and lately, his physique looks utterly ridiculous. He’s sculpted to the max, and he looks ready to go. However, nobody is really certain who he’s fighting upon his return.

Conor Mcgregor wants a welterweight title shot against Kamaru Usman, who’s allegedly accepted the challenge, but it’s not set in stone the UFC wants to go that route. Also, there’s always the Nate Diaz trilogy fight to consider. However, ‘Mr. 209’ has stated recently he doesn’t want to fight Mcgregor because “He sucks.”

Mcgregor is 1-4 in his last five fights, with his most recent bout against Dustin Poirier ending with a freak injury. For a while ‘The Notorious’ seemed like he wanted a fourth fight with Poirier, but recently its been nothing but gold the Irishman has had his eyes on.

What weight class would you like to see Conor Mcgregor return to, and against what opponent?

Stephen Thompson Targets April Return, Open To Chiesa & Lawler Fights

UFC welterweight contender Stephen Thompson is targeting a return to the Octagon in the coming months and has two promotional veterans in mind.

At the start of 2021, Thompson was riding a two-fight win streak and was fresh off a dominant main event…

Stephen Thompson, Michael Chiesa, Robbie Lawler

UFC welterweight contender Stephen Thompson is targeting a return to the Octagon in the coming months and has two promotional veterans in mind.

At the start of 2021, Thompson was riding a two-fight win streak and was fresh off a dominant main event victory over Geoff Neal. His target over the next 12 months was to secure his third title shot in the UFC.

But instead of booking a date with reigning 170-pound king Kamaru Usman, “Wonderboy” slipped down the rankings with back-to-back setbacks.

In his first appearance of the year, Thompson faced recent title challenger and top-three welterweight Gilbert Burns. At the time, many believed a victory over “Durinho” would have secured the 38-year-old another opportunity to reach the mountaintop. However, in the UFC 264 co-main event, he was controlled and beaten on the scorecards by the Brazilian.

Fast forward five months to December’s UFC Vegas 45, and Thompson had a quick chance to rebound and keep his place in the title conversation. But in a similar fashion to his previous outing, he was taken down and convincingly out-grappled, this time by rising name Belal Muhammad.

Thompson Targets Two Fellow UFC Mainstays

Despite yet another setback and his close proximity to the 40-year-old milestone, Thompson isn’t letting his championship aspirations disintegrate just yet. Spurred on by his desire to become the promotion’s oldest fighter, “Wonderboy” is ready to set things right in 2022.

During a recent interview with MiddleEasy, Thompson provided an update on his return. While an April fight is his current target, “Wonderboy” did reveal he is awaiting an MRI scan on his collarbone, which he’s experienced pain on since his defeat to Muhammad on December 18.

“Well, I wanna get back in April. I’ve got an MRI I’ve gotta do on my collarbone; It’s been killing me after the last fight,” said Thompson. “When Belal Muhammad picked me up and threw me down, I ended up putting my arm out and we both landed on my shoulder. I kinda jacked my collarbone up. So, I’m still training but usually, after every training session, it’s giving me some problems… But I wanna fight again in April. I’m not sure who yet.”

Nevertheless, Thompson doesn’t believe it’s too serious and hopes to have the chance to end his losing skid in the second quarter of the year.

Despite suggesting he’s looking to avoid an overwhelming wrestler in his next matchup, “Wonderboy” did admit he’s open to a “jiu-jitsu vs. karate” clash with grappling specialist Michael Chiesa.

“At this point, I would say, let’s hold off on the wrestlers real quick [LAUGHS]. The last few guys I just got obliterated… I think (Chiesa) would be a good opponent, for sure… I mean, he does have a name and he’s a good buddy of mine too, so I think that’d be a fun one,” added Thompson. “Obviously I’m gonna try and keep that fight standing because his jiu-jitsu is good. You saw his last fight with Vicente Luque, getting submitted, that’s kind of always been a thing. I’ve seen him start wrestling guys and him wrestling himself into a submission; getting sucked into a guillotine or triangle.

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“He’s doing work at 170. I think I can outstrike him, I can out-move him, for sure. If we fought, I’d definitely look to keep the fight standing. But he fights fairly stiff. Maybe that’s why he’s so strong. He’s got that muscle. I think it would be a fun fight, it would definitely be one of those jiu-jitsu vs. karate guys again.”

But if he’s focusing solely on another striker he can trade blows with, who better than welterweight legend and former champion “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler?

Describing how it would be an “honor” to face Lawler, who recently ended a lengthy losing skid with a win against Nick Diaz, Thompson claimed it would be especially an entertaining bout for the fans.

“I think (Lawler) would be a really fun fight, especially for the fans. I’ve been trying to fight this guy since he was champion. I think that would be a great fight, even though he’s not ranked at this point, I would love (it). It would be an honor to fight a legend, and exciting, it would be an exciting fight. Two guys going out there striking it up. That would be awesome,” concluded Thompson.

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Despite consecutive defeats in the Octagon, Thompson remains a fan favorite and a name most will always be excited to watch. “Wonderboy” will hope to put his entertaining and slick striking style on full display again in 2022 after an underwhelming last 12 months.

Who would you prefer to see Stephen Thompson face next, Michael Chiesa or Robbie Lawler?

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Dana White Clarifies Rumored Michael Chiesa Incident At UFC 269

UFC President Dana White explained what went down with welterweight fighter Michael Chiesa following Julianna Peña’s win at UFC 269.

Word quickly spread on social media that Chiesa was involved in a scuffle with security personnel at T-Mobile Arena…

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UFC President Dana White explained what went down with welterweight fighter Michael Chiesa following Julianna Peña’s win at UFC 269.

Word quickly spread on social media that Chiesa was involved in a scuffle with security personnel at T-Mobile Arena while attempting to get into the Octagon to celebrate his former teammate’s win over Amanda Nunes. Peña pulled off arguably the greatest upset in UFC history with her submission of the legendary Nunes.

It wasn’t surprising that Chiesa wanted to be involved in the post-fight celebration with Peña, but it was surprising how he went about it. During his UFC 269 post-fight press conference, White clarified what led to Chiesa being escorted out of the arena.

“How do I say this without embarrassing this guy?” White said. “[Chiesa] had a little too much to drink this evening. When she won, he freaked out and tried to jump into the Octagon and fell down on his face, cut his eye, and busted his eye open, then was arguing with the police that he needed to get in the Octagon and be with her ’cause that’s his teammate. They dragged him out, got him outside, and calmed him down in the back, and I went back and talked to him for a minute, and we’re all good.” 

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Chiesa has become one of the top UFC analysts on Fight Night broadcasts and remains an active UFC welterweight. While he’s dropped his last two fights against Sean Brady and Vicente Luque, he remains focused on a bounceback in 2022.

Chiesa and Peña are two of the most notable MMA talents to fight out of Spokane, WA, as both fought at Sikjitsu Gym together. They’ve been close friends since Peña won The Ultimate Fighter in 2013.

For now, it appears that White and the UFC brass won’t seek to punish Chiesa further for his actions at UFC 269.

What are your thoughts on the Michael Chiesa incident at UFC 269?

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Michael Chiesa Got Too Drunk & Was Escorted Out Of UFC 269

Michael ChiesaA “drunk” Michael Chiesa injured himself while celebrating after his long-time teammate, Julianna Pena, scored one of the biggest upsets in MMA history by beating Amanda Nunes at UFC 269. ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ shocked the world last night when she put her hands on Nunes in the second round before choking out the now-former bantamweight […]

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A “drunk” Michael Chiesa injured himself while celebrating after his long-time teammate, Julianna Pena, scored one of the biggest upsets in MMA history by beating Amanda Nunes at UFC 269.

‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ shocked the world last night when she put her hands on Nunes in the second round before choking out the now-former bantamweight champion.

ESPN MMA posted the below video that showed lots of famous faces reacting to Pena’s seismic upset.

In the clip, Chiesa can be seen hopping the fence and falling over before sprinting away from the shot.

According to Dana White, ‘Maverick’ may have had too much to drink and subsequently injured himself while trying to hop into the cage to celebrate with Pena. The UFC president says Chiesa was subsequently escorted out of the arena by police.

“How do I say this without embarrassing the guy,” White said at the UFC 269 post-fight press conference. “He had a little bit too much to drink this evening. When she won, he freaked out and tried to jump into the octagon and fell down on his face, cut his eye and busted his eye open, then was arguing with the police that he needed to get into the octagon and be with her, because that’s his teammate.

“[The police] dragged him out, got him outside and calmed him down in the back, and I went back and talked to him for a minute, and we’re all good.” (Transcribed by MMA Fighting)

Michael Chiesa Isn’t Having The Best Year

After starting life at welterweight with four straight wins, the wheels have metaphorically fallen off for Chiesa in the back end of 2021.

The 34-year-old has suffered back-to-back- defeats against Vicente Luque and Sean Brady.

Despite that Chiesa remains in the welterweight top 10 and will fancy himself to rebound against whoever it is he will face next.

Right now, his next opponent is probably a mean hangover after a night of celebrating Pena’s historic win.

Do you think Michael Chiesa got a bit carried away at UFC 269?

Michael Chiesa Reacts To Sean Brady Loss At UFC Vegas 43

UFC welterweight contender Michael Chiesa says he enjoyed his fight with Sean Brady at UFC Vegas 43 despite not getting the win.

Chiesa entered the fight looking to get back on track after a disappointing loss to Vicente Luque at UFC 265. However, …

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UFC welterweight contender Michael Chiesa says he enjoyed his fight with Sean Brady at UFC Vegas 43 despite not getting the win.

Chiesa entered the fight looking to get back on track after a disappointing loss to Vicente Luque at UFC 265. However, Chiesa ran into a strong up-and-coming prospect in Brady that controlled the fight on the feet and in the grappling aspect as well.

Despite suffering the unanimous decision defeat, Chiesa had some strong moments and nearly finished the fight in the final seconds. Afterwards, Chiesa praised Brady for the win while also remaining optimistic about his fighting future.

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“Disappointed I didn’t get the win tonight but I’d be a liar if I said I didn’t have fun out there,” Chiesa said. “Nothing but respect for [Sean Brady] and the Philly crew. The goal remains the same. I’ll be back stronger than ever in 2022.”

Michael Chiesa Has Lost Two In A Row After Winning Four Straight

Chiesa was arguably the hottest welterweight in the division before losing to Luque, having won four straight over the likes of Rafael dos Anjos and Neil Magny. He was close to securing a first-round submission against Luque before Luque reversed position and caught Chiesa in a brabo choke.

Chiesa made the move to welterweight after an up-and-down tenure at lightweight, which included several brutal weight cuts. He moved up to 170 pounds in 2018.

At 33 years old, Chiesa remains one of the most dangerous welterweights in the UFC, with some of the best grappling in the division. He has also showcased vast improvements in his standup and looked fast against Brady.

After a pair of setbacks to wrap up 2021, Chiesa will look ahead to 2022 to get back on track and snap a two-fight losing skid.

What do you think should be next for Michael Chiesa?

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Sean Brady Eyes Belal Muhammad Vs. ‘Wonderboy’ Winner

Sean BradySean Brady initially didn’t name a future opponent in his post-fight Octagon interview last night after a decisive unanimous decision victory over #6 welterweight contender Michael Chiesa. Brady extended his undefeated record to 15-0 in MMA and 5-0 in the UFC and is clearly ready for a step up in competition. While beating someone of […]

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Sean Brady initially didn’t name a future opponent in his post-fight Octagon interview last night after a decisive unanimous decision victory over #6 welterweight contender Michael Chiesa.

Brady extended his undefeated record to 15-0 in MMA and 5-0 in the UFC and is clearly ready for a step up in competition. While beating someone of Chiesa’s pedigree was certainly impressive and a breakout performance for the Philadelphia native, he was adamant that he’s only scratched the surface in regards to his ability in the octagon.

“I didn’t underestimate him coming in,” Brady told media post-fight at UFC Vegas 43. “I knew this was going to be a tough fight. Sometimes you get finishes, sometimes you don’t. … There’s just some guys who are dogs and they’re hard to get out of there.”

Sean Brady Wants The Winner Of Belal Muhammad vs. Stephen Thompson

When asked in the post-fight presser who he had in mind for his next opponent, Brady named the winner of the UFC Vegas 45 main event between #9 Belal Muhammad and #5 Stephen Thompson on December 19th.

“I think the winner of Belal and ‘Wonderboy’ would be fun,” Brady said. “I don’t know what they’re both ranked, but I know they’re in the top 10. I know the rankings come out on Tuesday, I’m sure I’m going to land somewhere in the top 10. Then yeah, we can go from there.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)

This is a smart callout from the 28 year old contender. It would be a perfect stepping stone for someone like Brady, who can build himself up towards a world title fight if he can string together a few more wins and keep his undefeated record in tact.

Who do you want to see Sean Brady square off against in his next fight?