For those of you who don’t know my thoughts on The Ultimate Fighter, well here it is; I hate that show. It is a great idea to get new fighters, cheaply might I add, but the talent has not been up to snuff since the second season. Now it’s all just manufactured drama and some lame fights. But every once and a while a true talent comes roaring out of a season and looks to capture the belt — I am looking directly at you TJ Dillashaw. Michael Chiesa is not that type of guy; he still needs a lot of work on pretty much every aspect of his game, but he could be great.
Last night, Chiesa fought Francisco Trinaldo, another ultimate fighter Brazil alumnus, and absolutely beat him from pillar to post. It was a wrestling clinic and once Chiesa was able to get the fight to the ground, it was there until the end of the round. It was actually exciting to see Chiesa manipulate Trinaldo just because it seemed like he could do whatever he wanted.
Chiesa really didn’t show off any new striking, but that’s because he didn’t want to stand and bang. Chiesa knew that he would win the fight if he got it to the ground — that was his game plan and he followed it. It was smart, but I would’ve liked to see if Chiesa learned anything new on the feet. The strikes that he did throw seemed forced and uncomfortable. But the victory was well-executed and fun to watch, and that is pretty much all you can ask from an up-and-comer.