Michael Chiesa Confirms Move to Welterweight, Return to Being “Grounded”
By FCF Staff
After Michael Chiesa missed weight for his UFC 226 bout with Anthony Pettis, the veteran said it was going to be his last bout at 155. Now, a couple of weeks out from his submission loss to Pettis, Chiesa’s confirmed he’s indeed, moving up to welterweight.
In addition, the former TUF winner says he’s not going to be engaging in trash talking anymore.
Chiesa, who tapped out to a second round triangle-choke from Pettis at the event, recently posted the statement below.
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