‘Be That Humble Hard Working Kid’- Michael Chiesa Reveals Why He Stopped Trash Talking for His UFC Fights

Published 08/02/2021, 7:32 AM EDT
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – JANUARY 25: Michael Chiesa prepares to fight Rafael Dos Anjos in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at PNC Arena on January 25, 2020 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Michael Chiesa takes on arguably his biggest test to date in Vicente Luque at UFC 265. ‘Maverick’ has been in the UFC for over nine years now. In that time, he has competed in two weight classes facing the best at both 155-pounds and now 170-pounds. He has never come close to challenging for the title, but a win against Luque will put him in very good position to challenge for the title. 

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Ahead of his fight against Luque, ‘Maverick’ shared the reason behind his recent resurgence in form. He said, “After I lost to Pettis, I’ll never forget this…. I got home and John Wood called me…. He was like I gotta tell you something Mike, can I give you my two cents? I’m like lets hear it. He goes dude, you need to go back to who you were when I met you. When I met John Wood in 2013, I was fresh off The Ultimate Fighter still that blue-collar hard-working humble kid.”

‘Maverick’ continued, “I brushed that humble side of me and just tried to turn into this character to appeal to people. To kinda fit the norm of what MMA is now. People love hype, people love the trash talk…. It’s just not true to who I am. And he was just like go back to who you were when I met you. Be that humble hard-working kid that’s what is going to win you fights.”

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‘Maverick’ is currently on a four-fight win streak. He has secured wins over the likes of Rafael dos Anjos, Neil Magny among others. Chiesa and Luque are ranked 5th and 6th respectively in their division and a win for Chiesa will put him in pole position for a title shot. 

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Prior to being booked for a fight against Colby Covington, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman had expressed his interest in facing Chiesa in a fight. Therefore if he wins, he will most likely fight the winner of Colby Covington vs Kamaru Usman for welterweight gold in the UFC. 

What do you make of Michael Chiesa’s fight against Vicente Luque? Do you think he can get a win this weekend?

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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