Michael Chiesa Says Getting a Commentator’s Role at UFC Is His Aim

Published 01/13/2021, 12:32 PM EST
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – JANUARY 25: Michael Chiesa celebrates after his decision victory over Rafael Dos Anjos of Brazil 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 ‘Maverick‘ Chiesa is set to fight Neil Magny in the main event of the UFC Fight Night on January 20th. Ahead of that highly anticipated clash, the welterweight contender opened up on his other aspirations apart from fighting.

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Chiesa has started to make a name for himself as an analyst. But he says that his aspirations don’t stop at just being on the table. He wants to be a successful commentator for the UFC alongside the likes of Jon Anik, Dominick Cruz, Joe Rogan, Daniel Cormier, and more.

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I want to be a (Daniel Cormier), a Dominick (Cruz), a Paul Felder. I love being an analyst, but the end goal is commentary,” Chiesa told MMA Junkie.

I put everything into this sport in my life. I am all in. This is all I’ve done for the last 13 years, so I’m very passionate about it.

“And I know that the people that have hired me to do the analyst work, they see the passion is there and they know I’m eager to get to that point. But their exact words were, ‘You’ve got to learn how to walk before you can learn how to run.

So I’m still learning how to be the best analyst I possibly can. But the meat and potatoes of my career is fighting, and I’m excited to get back to the thing that I love the most. I love competition, and I love fighting. I love training camp.

“I love everything that comes with this process, and I feel like I got further into a new foray in my career and established myself well, and was able to take a break from that at the right time to get back to what’s most important, and that’s competition,” he added.

Michael Chiesa is focused on Neil Magny right now

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‘Maverick’, for now, is solely focused to get the better of Magny in the upcoming clash. Chiesa has championship aspirations and wants to grab the UFC gold in his career.

INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: Michael Chiesa celebrates after defeating Carlos Condit in their welterweight bout during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“The most important goal for me is becoming world champion,” Chiesa said. “The other stuff is more end game, but I want it all right now. But it’s most important for me to focus on Neil Magny, and that’s what I’ve done for the last three months is focus on Neil. So I’m just excited for this opportunity to compete in the main event, and I’m going to seize the opportunity and then I’ll get back to the desk work when I get done.”

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Can Chiesa get past Magny? Can he become a UFC commentator one day?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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