Michael Chiesa has repeated that his days fighting at lightweight are over, and in addition, the rugged fighter’s announced his days of talking trash are over as well.
After Chiesa came in heavy for his UFC 226 fight with Anthony Pettis earlier this month, “Maverick” relayed he was going to move to welterweight. Well, it’s been a couple of weeks since Chiesa was submitted by Pettis, and in the statement below, he confirmed he’s moving up to welterweight.
As noted above, Chiesa also says he’s going to be returning to a more “grounded” mind set, and that he won’t be slinging insults etc, leading up to fights.
Humbled & Hungry • • • In the last few years, I’ve felt my skills as a fighter drastically improve, especially through 2018 but I’ve yet to reflect that. There’s a couple changes that need to be made, one being something new and the other is returning to something from the past. Obviously the new is it’s time for me to test the waters at welterweight. All of my family, many of my teammates and almost all my coaches have been trying to talk me into going up a weight class. I spend the better half of my camps stressed about weight, feeling like a shadow of myself in training and just being miserable doing the thing I love most in the world. I pushed my body very hard this last cut, one of the scariest experiences of my life and I still failed. I don’t want experience that ever again. • The thing from my past I must return to is just being myself. I’m not fit to talk trash, hype fights, banter people and be apart of that trend we see in this sport. It’s not who I am but I let myself fall into what’s now the norm in MMA. I’m back to being the person I once was when I won The Ultimate Fighter, when I was stringing together wins in the UFC, shit even just being who I was before I got to where I am now. Back to my humble, grounded, hard nosed, blue collar ways where I was grinding out wins and just grinding for everything I have because that’s who I really am, that’s what type of man my dad raised me to be. I will never let myself get away from being who I truly am ever again. • • • #visionquest #avanti
Chiesa leaves the lightweight division having gone 3-2 in his last 5 bouts, and with an overall record of 14-4.