MMA fans are eagerly awaiting the return of Michael Chiesa. He is set to step back into the octagon after a nearly two-year hiatus.
MMA fans are eagerly awaiting the return of Michael Chiesa. He is set to step back into the octagon after a nearly two-year hiatus. Chiesa with a professional record of 16-6 in MMA and an impressive 11-6 record in the UFC. He hasn’t competed since suffering back-to-back losses against Sean Brady and Vicente Luque in 2021.
Chiesa’s career trajectory took a turn after his return to welterweight. When he embarked on a remarkable four-fight winning streak. However, his momentum was interrupted by setbacks and nagging back issues. Despite grappling with the idea of undergoing surgery to address his persistent back problems. Chiesa decided to steer clear of any surgical intervention to protect his fighting career.
During the UFC 291 media day interview, Chiesa candidly spoke about his struggles with back injuries. He revealed that he had contemplated undergoing surgery back in 2016. But managed to find a way to continue competing without resorting to the operation. Unfortunately, the back issues resurfaced after his loss to Vicente Luque. And he decided to take some time off to plan his wedding.
However, the competitive fire within Chiesa burned too strongly and he couldn’t resist the urge to get back into the octagon. Determined to redeem himself, he began training again but fate had different plans. During his training, he suffered a severe herniated disk in his back which once again brought the prospect of surgery to the forefront. It was at this crucial juncture that he sought advice from UFC legend Daniel Cormier who advised him against going under the knife if he intended to continue competing.
Chiesa decided against surgery and focused on finding alternative methods to manage his back issues. With the support of his team he modified his strength and conditioning routines enabling him to resume training without aggravating his back problems. The adjustments seem to have paid off as Chiesa now feels healthy and ready to step back into the octagon.
Chiesa is slated to face the seasoned fighter Kevin Holland in the main card opener. The long-awaited clash promises to be a thrilling battle between two skilled athletes with contrasting styles.
After enduring a lengthy absence from competition, Chiesa exudes excitement and eagerness to showcase his skills once again. Fans can catch the action on the main card of UFC 291, which will be broadcast on pay-per-view following prelims on ABC/ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.
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