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UFC’s Michael Chiesa Admits to Being “Mad” at Joe Lauzon “For About a Week”

Kelsey Mowatt

Michael Chiesa

It remains to be seen who Michael Chiesa will fight next, following his victory over Mitch Clarke, and while the lightweight doesn’t expect it to happen, he’d love another crack at Joe Lauzon.

As you probably recall, Chiesa and Lauzon had a memorable battle last September, which saw the latter score a win. During one of the fight’s exchanges, Lauzon opened up a massive gash on Chiesa, and doctors stopped the fight. If you saw the bout, then you likely also remember that Chiesa wasn’t too thrilled about how the fight ended…

Well, recently the TUF 15 winner appeared on “The MMA Road Show” podcast, and here is some of what Chiesa had to say about the loss, and Mr. Lauzon (quotes via MMA Junkie.com):

“I was mad at (Lauzon) for about a week, but I don’t have a bad thing in the world I can say about him,” Chiesa said. “I’d love a chance to beat him up again, but I just don’t think it makes sense anymore.

“I’d welcome a rematch, obviously. I’m not going to turn any fight down. I never have. I think Joe is to the point now where it’s about legacy fights. If Joe gets on a win streak, and we meet again, awesome, … (but) I think that there’s more novelty fights out there for him better than a fight with me. But if it happens again, I’ll jump on it, and I’ll finish what I started. I’m a very confident guy. I’ll get out there and get the job done.”

Of course, you never know what will happen, but Chiesa could be right about this. If both men put together runs, then sure, a rematch could materialize, but it’s probably not a bout that will happen any time soon. Lauzon is coming off a stoppage loss to Al Iaquinta in January, after defeating Mac Danzig and Chiesa.

Chiesa also revealed that the UFC approached him about fighting Ross Pearson at the July 18th, Fight Night card in Glasgow, but that he turned it down, since he’s busy working on the new house he recently purchased. The 27 year-old fighter, who has gone 5-2 in official UFC action thus far, also noted that it’s time to make some “big moves.”

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