Michael Chiesa Talks About His Emotional Run On The Ultimate Fighter Posted by Joseph Lee on 11.04.2013
He had a hard time...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Michael Chiesa (9-1 MMa, 1-1 UFC) spoke about his emotional run on The Ultimate Fighter 15. Chiesa was promised by his ill father to continue with the show, evne though he wanted to leave to be with him. Chiesa will face The Ultimate Fighter 16 winner Colton Smith (3-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) Wednesday on FOX Sports 1 for UFC Fight Night 31.
On his bond with viewers and fans: "There have been countless fans even to this day who will come to me and say, 'Man, I was going through this tough time with a family member who is sick, and I go back and watch what you went through, and it motivates me to persevere through it.' It's extra motivation for me every time I hear something like that."
On his legacy with the show: "I think it's something I'll probably get the rest of my career. There have been what, like 20 or so winners of 'The Ultimate Fighter?' But there's only one who went through what I had to go through. So I think it'll stick with me."
On his relationship with producer Gary Defranco: "I could, I guess you would say, vent to him. I didn't pull any punches with him. I'd just say what it was, how I was feeling. Him and I still have a relationship to this day. He's a great man. It was tough for me to even talk to Sam at times because if you say one thing, you have the cameras swarming you. It ended up that it wasn't hard to get my story out there and to be honest because I had Gary there."