It’s been a few months since that fateful day, but Michael Chiesa has finally spoken about about the bus attack that bloodied and denied him two fights.
The Ultimate Fighter 15 winner has won five of his last seven fights, and was due to face former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis at UFC 223 back in April. The rest is history.
To sum up, Conor McGregor and more than a dozen associates attacked a bus full of fighters at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, injuring the likes of Chiesa and Ray Borg.
Chiesa sustained multiple cuts to the face due to broken glass, and his fight with Pettis was chalked off. The following day, Max Holloway, already a replacement for Tony Ferguson, was deemed medically unfit to compete and was subsequently removed from the main event against Max Holloway.
The UFC scrambled for an 11th hour replacement, and having bounced around from the likes of Pettis to Paul Felder, they settled for Al Iaquinta – someone ranked much lower at lightweight than Chiesa, who of course was now injured.
That scenario understandably still rankles with ‘Maverick’, who speaking at a UFC media day in Las Vegas, finally expressed his thoughts on the incident.
“I have no comment on that,” he stated when asked if he was taking legal action. “But he fucked me out of a title shot. I’ll tell you that much.”
Rose Namajunas was one of those fighters that McGregor has apparently reached to recently to apologise. He received a succinct two word response, and can expect the same from Chiesa.
“No, we haven’t heard from him. So, fuck him,” he stated.
“I don’t really got a lot to say to the guy. I lost a title shot. You know what I mean? I have proof. I was the highest ranked guy on the card, I would have stepped in to fight Khabib at the drop of a dime. I’ve always loved a fight with Khabib. I got fucked out of that opportunity.
“So I don’t have too many kind things to say about the guy. You work your whole life for those kinds of opportunities. Do I want mine on short order? No, I’d love a training camp. But, like I said, if they walked in the door now and said, ‘Hey, you want to fight for the title in the next 10 minutes?’ I’m out the door, I’m warming up, I’m ready to go. To lose that opportunity, man, that’s tough.”
“This is the most I’ve said about it. I’ve tried to stay pretty closed off, but fuck it. You guys want some answers, you got some.”
Chiesa’s fight with Pettis has been rescheduled for just over a week’s time on July 7 at UFC 226.
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