Top UFC welterweight contender Michael Chiesa scored a big victory last month as he defeated another top welterweight contender in Neil Magny in the main event of UFC Fight Island 8.
Coming off of a year-long layoff, Michael Chiesa in his fight against Neil Magny who was extremely active in 2020 having won three fights. Chiesa dominated in his fight against Magny and he defeated the ‘Haitian sensation’ via unanimous decision.
Following his win over Neil Magny, he called out the former interim champion Colby Covington.
“The election is over,” Chiesa said post-fight. “Colby Covington, your schtick is done. I want you next, boy.”
Why did Michael Chiesa call out Colby Covington?
Speaking to MMAfighting, Michael Chiesa reveals why he called out Colby Covington.
“I don’t know, I think it just jumped in my head,” Michael Chiesa said. “My manager had said something to me like, ‘Who are you gonna call out after the fight? I think you should call for Colby with the election being done.’ This was at the very beginning when I got to Fight Island and I was like, ‘No, man. I’m not even thinking about that.’ I put zero thought into it because I wanted to be focused on Neil because he’s a guy that you can’t give any space. If I have one mental lapse with him that could snowball into something really big. So I maintained my focus on him.
“Maybe it was [Daniel Cormier] because last time I had the mic with him I did it,” Michael Chiesa continued. “I don’t know, it just felt right. And I know that’s a tough fight for me. I see what people say, and I know what the reality is. There’s a good chance that guy could beat me, but how am I going to try and become a world champion if I’m not fighting the best guys? Every underdog has to be an underdog. I’m not gonna be a favorite in all my fights. I wasn’t even a favorite in this fight. Everyone’s supposed to beat me. I feel like every time I fight I’m an underdog. Whatever, I’d rather fight the best guys and lay it on the line to get to my goals. I aimed big for that one. I thought it was pretty good; short, sweet, very concise.
“So we’ll see what happens. If he gets the [Jorge] Masvidal fight, that’s fine and dandy. Like I said, I’m not fighting until July, big fights happening in this division and we’ll see how they shake out.”
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