McGregor has been booked to fight lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, which will take place on November 12th in NYC. Recently Chiesa spoke to MMA Fighting.com, and the surging contender had this to say about McGregor’s title shot:
“I think it’s bulls–t. I feel bad for the guys that have been leaped-frog by him. I do understand that there is an entertainment aspect to the sport and to this promotion, but I think you have to maintain the sport before you let a guy make moves like that. Do I like him being in my weight class? Yeah, because it’s a big money fight and I match up really well against him. I mean, I’d be one body-lock away from subbing him. Other than that, it doesn’t really… you know, I just feel bad for the Tony Fergusons, and the Nurmagomedovs, and these guys that have racked up these huge win streaks and they’re getting leaped-frogged by a dude, who really, I mean, we’ll find out if he has any business in our division on November 12, but until then, I don’t think he’s in the right spot. He needs to go back and do what’s right. He’s got Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis in his own weight class to deal with. So I hope Eddie puts him back down to 145, but if not welcome to your new home, welcome to the deep waters.”
So there you have it. In terms of Chiesa’s career, he continues to recover from a back injury which pulled him from a July scrap with Tony Ferguson.