The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the Apex Center in Las Vegas, Nevada once again tonight, November 20, 2021, for UFC Vegas 43, headlined by former Strikeforce & UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, who faces No. 7 ranked Ketlen Vieira in the main event of the evening.
Co-headlining the event is a welterweight bout between No. 6 ranked TUF 15 winner Michael Chiesa, who faces an undefeated former CFFC champion in Sean Brady.
Official Result: Sean Brady def. Michael Chiesa via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Chiesa comes out controlling the center, but isn’t active in getting his striking going. He paws out a couple crosses, but nothing severe lands on either side.
However, Chiesa does throw a nice round kick to the body, which is caught by Brady, and to our surprise, Brady took Chiesa down and rode his back for a couple minutes off this.
We all know Chiesa for his grappling, but we forget Brady has a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt.
Chiesa starts to land his cross in the early parts of the second, though he’s being quite one dimensional with it.
Brady then ties up and shoots in on a takedown, though he’s unable to secure it, initially. He has Chiesa pressed up toward the fence, before being reversed. Brady then reverses Chiesa’s back to the fence once again and picks a beautiful single leg to set his opponent down again.
Brady then keeps Chiesa’s back for the remaining second half of the round.
It’s not very often Chiesa is down two-zip going into the third, and I believe it’s the first time we’ve ever really seen him out-muscled. He’s such a strong individual, a literal mountain of a man compared to most in his division, and Brady is just handling him.
Brady secures another takedown, his fifth of the night, and keeps Chiesa’s back for the majority of round three, before Chiesa gets up with about 40 seconds left.
Once Chiesa was up, Brady presses him back into the fence, before Chiesa hip tosses him and winds up in mount pounding away in the finals seconds of the bout.
Man, maybe this should’ve been the main event.
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