MMAFrenzy’s coverage of tonight’s UFC Fight Night 31: Fight for the Troops 3 main card coverage kicks off in the lightweight division as TUF champs Colton Smith and Michael Chiesa faced off in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The bout would see the TUF: Live champion prevail with a solid display in the Octagon.
Chiesa Submits Smith
The FS1 main card kicked off in the lightweight division as US Army Ranger Colton Smith took on fellow TUF champion Michael Chiesa. After a frenetic first round that saw both men nearly finish the fight, Chiesa would seize control with a tough throw in the second round. Chiesa took advantage of a stunned Smith to secure the fight-ending rear-naked choke to the chagrin of the US Army soldiers in attendance.
The win puts Chiesa back in the win column as he improves to 3-1 in the Octagon following his first professional loss to Jorge Masvidal at UFC on FOX 8. Smith has now dropped two straight in the Octagon after winning TUF 16 crown last December.
Rd. 1- Touch of gloves and we’re off. Smith is working the kicks early in their fight but Smith is defending well. Chiesa with a combo and Smith locks a body lock and uses a snatch and return to get the fight to the ground. Gorgeous sweep by Chiesa and he takes Smith’s back. Chiesa has the body triangle and he is digging for the RNC finish. Smith is fending it off correctly though and he reverses position after forcing a scramble. Chiesa stands but Smith takes him back down and takes Chiesa’s back. Standing RNC attempt by Smith. Chiesa tries to slam his way out in desperation and it does break the hold. Smith reestablishes position works a power half to control Chiesa’s position. Chiesa escapes, but neither fighter lands again as the crowd counts it down. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Smith.
Rd. 2- Fighters both start aggressively and Chiesa misses a trip. Combo by Smith. Hard left lands from Chiesa but Smith lands a body lock against the cage. Gorgeous throw by Chiesa stuns Smith and he immediately takes Smith’s back and sinks in a fight-ending choke.
Michael Chiesa def. Colton Smith via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:41 of Round 2