Chiesa would continue to do just that. Chiesa, her family and all the fans watching would get their wish. Chiesa wouldn’t just win, he would finish Justin Lawrence, James Vick and Al Iaquinta en route to the UFC contract.
It’s been almost nine years since his submission to Iaquinta and he’s remained one of the most active welterweights, going 11-4 and currently ranking sixth in the division.
At this point, it’s almost a “fun fact” that Chiesa won The Ultimate Fighter. Ronda vs. Miesha, Conor vs. Urijah, Cody vs. TJ and many more have eclipsed previous seasons in some minds.
Does Chiesa feel bad for himself that his story isn’t fresh on the minds of fight fans every time he steps into the cage? Not necessarily. He continues to fight for his father and is infinitely grateful for his time on TUF, but if he’s known and fans know him as a badass fighter, it proves his father was right and the trip was worth it. worth it.
“I don’t want to be a martyr,” Chiesa said firmly. “I don’t want the fans to be out of sympathy. I want to gain fans by winning fights and use this type of platform to tell the world who I am and what I am.
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