LAS VEGAS – Michael Chiesa has finally decided to turn out to be one of the victims of Conor McGregor's vicious actions during UFC 223 Battle Week.
Chiesa caught in the crossfire of McGregor's Bus Attack caught on video April at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York The former two-division UFC champion surged into the arena after the media day and tried to confront Khabib Nurmagomedov , but caused further damage.
Chiesa, who was supposed to be fighting Anthony Pettis on the map, was one of the injured fighters when McGregor threw a dolly through a bus window. Chiesa had several cuts on his head and was deemed unfit for the fight, forcing him to end his fight.
In the months since the Chiesa incident was relatively calm. While he did not want to comment on his legal action, on Thursday he had no problem dispelling his frustration at the consequences of McGregor's actions.
"I do not really have much to say to the guy," Chiesa told reporters, including MMAjunkie, at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas. "I lost a title fight, I have evidence, I was the highest placed guy on the map, I would have intervened to fight Khabib with a penny (after Max Holloway was pulled from the map) I always loved the fight with Khabib Bless his heart, he's a cool guy, but that's a sport, and I've always liked the way I came against him, and I've (extensively) seized the opportunity.
"I do not really have many nice things to say (McGregor). You work your whole life for these kinds of possibilities. Will I take my short order? No, I would love a training camp. But, as I said, when they walked through the door now and said, "Hey, you want to fight for the title in the next 1
McGregor apparently stretched out to UFC Straws Champ Rose Namajunas, who was also on the bus and was shaken by the incident to express his remorse, but Chiesa said he had no contact with "The Notorious."
It has been a disappointing experience for Chiesa, but in many ways he moved on.
"Not one person can ruin my love for mixed martial arts," Chiesa said. "My love for mixed martial arts will never waver. My love for the UFC will never waver. Just because a guy has played WWE style and gone a bit overboard and influenced the lives of fighters and workers with the UFC, I will not let a person's actions directly affect how much I love this sport. The day I fall in love with love, I hang her up. It is not worth it.
"When you are hit in the face, with your elbow cut, broken, injured, you have to lose weight, you have to bring yourself to the brink of death to appear the next day and try to put on the performance of your life 'You must love it, and if I do not love it, it's just not worth it to me, and that love will never die, I will not let a guy spoil the party.' "
Chiesa (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC), whose fight with Pettis (20 (7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) will take place on July 7 in the T-Mobile Arena UFC 226. He said that he will never forget the experience he had in Brooklyn and what could have cost him in his career, but he knows that he is interested in his attitude to the situation, so he considered it appropriate to break his silence for good.
"Daran d I just do not eat. I do not waste energy on it. I wasted enough, "said Chiesa." Brooklyn was a (expressive) heartbreaker, to say the least. And that's the best thing I said about it. I've tried to stay mostly locked up, but (force expression) it. You people want some answers, you have some.
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