Michael Chiesa was forced to withdraw from his scheduled lightweight showdown against former division champion Anthony Pettis, on (April 7, 2018) at UFC 223 pay-per-view (PPV), after Conor McGregor threw a metal dolly through a window of a bus carrying various fighters from their media day obligations. Chiesa was sitting on the front row of the bus hit by glass and suffered several facial lacerations.
Later it was reported by TMZ that Chiesa has officially filed a police report against Conor McGregor.
Not only he lost the opportunity to fight against Pettis at UFC 223, but on the day of weigh-ins Chiesa believes that he had the chance to compete for UFC belt at Barclays Center when Max Holloway was deemed unfit for Khabib Nurgamedov fight, “Maverick” insist he should be the first choice for a replacement, but that opportunity went to Al Iaquinta. (Via MMAFighting)
“I don’t really got a lot to say to the guy,” Chiesa said of McGregor at a UFC media day Thursday. “I lost a title shot. I have proof. I was the highest-ranked guy on the card. I would have stepped in to fight Khabib at the drop of a dime. I’ve always loved the fight with Khabib. Bless his heart, he’s a cool ass guy. But this is a sport and I’ve always liked the way I matched up against him and I got f*cked out of that opportunity. I don’t really have too many kind things to say to [McGregor]. You work your whole life for those kinds of opportunities. Do I want mine on short order? No, I’d love a training camp. Like I said, if they walk in the door now and say, ‘Hey, do you want to fight for the title in the next 10 minutes?’ I’m out the door, I’m warming up, I’m ready to go.
“To lose the opportunity, that’s tough. You know how this sport works, guys. Opportunities like that don’t come along. I could strike along 15 wins in a row and still not get a title shot and I lost my opportunity and my dream. I hope that I’m gonna fight my ass off to earn it back starting on July 7 against Anthony Pettis. But yeah, tough pill to swallow.”
Chiesa who’s facing Anthony Pettis again at upcoming UFC 226 (PPV) event on July 7. On being asked, if he will pursue legal action against Mcgregor, Chiesa forbid to comment on that. Mcgregor has apologized to other fighters who were injured by his antics, but ‘Maverick’ didn’t hear anything from Irishman.
“No, I haven’t heard from him,” Chiesa said. “So, f*ck him.”
McGregor who is facing multiple charges, including a felony and due back in court on July 26.
Chiesa said he had spent his full energy for Pettis fight, believe if he earns a victory that will put him closer to a title shot he has been seeking.
“I’m just not thinking about that,” Chiesa said of the McGregor incident. “I don’t waste energy on that. I’ve wasted enough. Brooklyn was a f*cking heartbreaker, to say the least. And this is the most I’ve said about it. I’ve tried to stay mostly closed off, but f*ck it. You guys want some answers, you got some.”
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