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"Maverick"

11-2-0

Mike Chiesa

Mike "Maverick" Chiesa

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  • Given Name: Michael Keith Chiesa
  • Professional MMA Record: 11-2-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Maverick
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 27 | Date of Birth: 1987.12.07
  • Last Fight: September 05, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Lightweight | Last Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Sikjitsu
  • Height: 6'1" (185cm) | Reach: 75.5" (192cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $241,000 USD
  • Born: United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG
  • Fighting out of: Spokane Valley, Washington
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook

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Mike Chiesa is a lightweight fighter currently signed to the UFC. He holds a purple belt in Brazillian Jui Jitsu and trains out of Team Alpha Male. He won The Ultimate Fighter: Live. Of his nine wins, seven have come by submission. He has won the "Submission of the Night" bonus two times.


Chiesa started his MMA career in 2008 winning seven fights in a row and finishing five of them by submission. Chiesa was selected for the first live season of The Ultimate Fighter. He defeated Johnavan Vistante by submission to earn his spot in the house as well as a $5,000 bonus. He would win his first fight in the house defeating Jeremy Larsen by Unanimous Decision. Shortly after his win, Chiesa was informed that his terminally ill father had passed away and he was allowed to leave the house to attend the funeral. In his quarterfinal matchup, he was set to face kickboxing prodigy Justin Lawrence. After a close fought two rounds it went to sudden death where Chiesa was able to get on top of Lawrence and punch his ticket to the semifinals and another $5,000 bonus. He defeated James Vick in the semi's by 1st round TKO to secure his spot in The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale. Chiesa was the underdog in this final matchup, facing off against Al Iaquinta. Chiesa was able to pull off the upset with a 1st round choke, winning the 15th season of The Ultimate Fighter as well as a Submission of the Night bonus.


Chiesa would continue his win streak and submission streak with his 6th straight submission victory with a win over Anton Kuivanen at UFC 157. He was next set to fight Reza Madadi at UFC on Fox 8, but visa issues forced Madadi off the card and Jorge Masvidal stepped in on short notice and handed Mike his first loss when he was submitted by a D'arce choke with only one second left in the second round. He was next set to fight fellow TUF winner, Colton Smith, at UFC: Fight for the Troops 3. Despite nearly being finished, Chiesa was able to secure a rear naked choke after Smith was stunned by a takedown to secure the submission win. He was awarded another "Submission of the Night" bonus for this performance.


He would win his next bout when he picked up a decision over Francisco Trinaldo. However he would lose his next bout in a Fight of the Night performance to Joe Lauzon. The fight was stopped due to a cut which Chiesa was not happy with but it was a pretty deep gash.


The Ultimate Fighter 15

Episode 1 Chiesa def. Johnavan Vistante by Rear Naked Choke at 2:05 of Round 1

Episode 5 Chiesa def. Jeremy Larsen by Unanimous Decision

Episode 10 Chiesa def. Justin Lawrence by TKO (Punches) at 1:02 of Round 3

Episode 12 Chiesa def. James Vick by TKO (Strikes) at 1:55 of Round 2

The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale Chiesa def. Al Iaquinta by Rear Naked Choke at 2:47 of Round 1

Last updated 09.09.2014, 10:01 AM ET
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Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury
2:14 Round 2 of 3, 7:14 Total

Joe Lauzon
11-1-0 23-9-0

UFC Fight Night 50: Jacare vs. Mousasi 2
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.09.05
Odds: -220 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
#26 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
UFC Fight Night 50 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Francisco Trinaldo
10-1-0 14-3-0

UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.05.24
Odds: -155 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $40,000 ($20K Base, $20K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Submission | Choke
1:41 Round 2 of 3, 6:41 Total

Colton Smith
9-1-0 3-2-0

UFC Fight Night 31: Fight for the Troops 3
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2013.11.06
Odds: -145 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Sub/Night | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs | Referee: Gary Copeland
UFC Fight Night 31 Submission of the Night
Loss | Submission
4:59 Round 2 of 3, 9:59 Total

Jorge Masvidal
9-0-0 24-7-0

UFC on FOX 8: Johnson vs. Moraga
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2013.07.27
Odds: +240 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $15,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
#42 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2013
Cancelled Bout Reza Madadi UFC on FOX 8 2013.07.27
Reason: Madadi Visa Issue
Win | Submission | Choke
2:29 Round 2 of 3, 7:29 Total

Anton Kuivanen
8-0-0 17-5-0

UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2013.02.23
Odds: -200 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $30,000 ($15K Base, $15K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 156.2 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Cancelled Bout Marcus LeVesseur UFC on FOX 5 2012.12.08
Reason: Chiesa Illness
Cancelled Bout Rafaello Oliveira UFC on FOX 5 2012.12.08
Reason: Oliveira Hand Injury
Win | Submission | Choke
2:47 Round 1 of 3

Al Iaquinta
7-0-0 5-1-1

The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale
Co-Main Event | Tournament Finals | 155 lbs

2012.06.01
Odds: +220 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $56,000 ($8K Base, $8K Bonus, $40K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
#44 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2012
The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale Submission of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke

Darrell Fenner

CageSport

2011.10.01
Win | Submission | Choke

Matt Coble

Washington Regional

2011.07.16
Win | Submission | Choke

Evian Rodriguez

Washington Regional

2011.04.28
Win | Submission | Choke

Darcy James

Battlefield Fight League

2011.03.25
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Andy Paves

Coga Combat Games

2010.10.30
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Brian Wilson

Washington Regional

2009.02.21
Win | Submission | Choke

Charon Spain

Idaho Regional

2008.08.16
Amateur Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Submission | Choke

Josh Busby

Idaho Regional

2010.03.20
Win | Submission | Choke

Marc Forsyth

Washington Regional

2009.11.07
Win | Submission

Sean Johnson

Washington Regional

2009.10.24
Win | Submission | Choke

Charlie Shultz

Conquest of the Cage

2009.09.16
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Dean Brim

Washington Regional

2009.05.09
Loss | Submission

Marc Forsyth

SportFight

2008.06.20

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