“I’m A Very Emotional Guy” – Michael Chiesa Explains His Version of the UFC 269 Aftermath

Published 12/16/2021, 1:26 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 04: Michael Chiesa interacts with the media during the UFC 239 Ultimate Media Day at T-Mobile Arena on July 4, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Julianna Peña had an avid supporter during her fight against Amanda Nunes at UFC 269. Fellow UFC fighter and teammate Michael Chiesa was more than thrilled to see Peña win the bout. So much so that he had got his eye busted in the process.

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The Maverick was so proud of Peña’s achievement that soon after the fight ended, he attempted to jump over the cage and fell. Reportedly, the fighter was drunk and later on, even got into an altercation with the cops!

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In an interview with ESPN MMA, Chiesa spoke about his reaction. He said, “I just told her that I loved her. It was, you know, I’m an Italian. So I’m a very emotional guy. I have no problem wearing my heart on my sleeve and I was just so happy for it. Those are just tears of joy. It was just a very special moment.”

“It’s hard for me to even talk about it with you right now…. I think I could break down and start crying right now just watching this video. I think I just repeatedly kept telling her that I love her and I’m so proud of her and I can say that, you know, one of my best friends is the champ.”

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However, he spoke very little about his nasty fall.

Dana White on Michael Chiesa’s UFC 269 antics

UFC President Dana White spoke about the incident and confirmed that the fighter was drunk. According to him, when Peña won, Michael Chiesa got excited and tried jumping into the octagon. In the process, he fell and cut his eye. Later on, he even got into an argument with the police.

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HOUSTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 05: UFC President Dana White looks on during the UFC 265 press conference at at Toyota Center on August 05, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)

However, White talked to Chiesa, and gladly, there was no sourness over the incident.

Chiesa is happy that Peña succeeded in achieving her dream. Like her, he too aspires to hold the title.

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What do you think about Michael Chiesa’s reaction to Julianna Peña winning at UFC 269? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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