UFC lightweight contender, Michael Chiesa criticized Kevin Lee’s recent performance inside the UFC Octagon.
Chiesa thinks, he would have been the fighter to challenge Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title at UFC 223.
Well, that’s not the case, as Michael Chiesa lost to Lee by submission at UFC Fight Night 112, as the fight ended in some serious controversy after referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the bout early during a rear naked choke Kevin Lee had locked around Michael Chiesa’s neck.
After this, UFC booked a Kevin Lee vs. Tony Ferguson at UFC 216. At early weigh-ins, Lee weighed came in one pound over at 156 pounds. He returned one hour later and tipped the scale at 154.5, saving his interim lightweight title fight with Ferguson.
However, Ferguson went on and scored a victory by submission in the third round.
Michael Chiesa went on record and said he would have beaten the Ferguson at UFC 216 during his interview with Submission Radio:
“I would have beat Tony,” Chiesa told Submission Radio (transcript courtesy of MMA Mania). “I match up great against both guys. So yeah, it was a bummer to see Kevin go out there and lay an egg against Tony cause I would have won that fight, and I’m a firm believer in that. Some people might call me crazy, but I think it’s just logical, especially in my world.”
Now Chiesa is expected to former UFC lightweight champion face Anthony Pettis on April 7, 2018, at UFC 223, where Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov headling the show.
UFC 223 is set to go down on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.