Former Opponent Says Michael Chiesa is Lying About Past Weigh-in Issues (Exclusive)

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Former Opponent Says Michael Chiesa is Lying About Past Weigh-in Issues (Exclusive)

Former Opponent Says Michael Chiesa is Lying About Past Weigh-in Issues (Unique)

Picture through MMA Weekly’s early weigh-ins video

A former opponent of Michael Chiesa is calling out “The Maverick” over his assertion on failing to make weight forward of UFC 226.

Tonight (July 7), Chiesa will go one-on-one with former UFC light-weight champion Anthony Pettis. The 2 will collide contained in the T-Cellular Area in Las Vegas, Nevada. The light-weight tilt will probably be featured on UFC 226’s principal card.

Chiesa failed to succeed in the light-weight restrict. He tipped the scales at 157.5 kilos and can forfeit 30 % of his purse. Chiesa launched a press release claiming he had by no means missed weight going all the way in which again to his wrestling days. See it for your self:

Marc Forsyth fought Chiesa twice within the newbie ranks. Forsyth defeated Chiesa the primary time and the pre-fight weigh-ins befell with out incident. The second go-around was a unique story. Forsyth gave MMA Information the small print:

“I fought Chiesa two instances as an newbie. Our first battle was June 20th, 2008 at Sportfight XXIII: Heated Rivals, and was proven dwell on HDNet Fights. Michael was 1-Zero on the time.
The weigh-ins went properly and I got here out with the victory in 1:07 of the primary spherical through armbar. I used to be the primary man to beat him in his profession, and the one one to beat him up till he confronted Jorge Masvidal within the UFC. Our second battle was on November seventh 2009. The day of weigh-ins got here, and after making weight, I came upon that Chiesa had mentioned he wasn’t going to make it to the weigh-ins. Skeptical, however having offered many tickets to household and associates, and having educated for months in preparation, I naturally needed to maintain the battle. I mentioned ‘**** it.’  I don’t care. Let’s battle anyway.”

Forsyth says what adopted precipitated panic as Chiesa initially didn’t present up on the day of the battle. All of it led to Michael Chiesa displaying as much as the bout regardless of not even weighing in:

“The day of the fight comes and Chiesa no-shows. Everyone starts to panic because this was supposed to be for a 155lbs title.  Remember, this is before the state athletic commission became heavily involved in amateur MMA in Washington State. One of the referees for the night, Anthony Hamlett, (not the referee of our fight) who had previously known Chiesa and his camp, personally called him at his hotel where Chiesa had allegedly refused to come and fight. I guess Hamlett finally convinced him to allow him to come to the hotel and pick him up and bring him to the venue.”

Forsyth went on to say that he couldn’t assist however communicate up understanding that Michael Chiesa’s declare of being excellent on weigh-in days for almost 20 years is inaccurate:

“Finally showing up much later, we went through with the fight, where Chiesa eventually finished me via round two rear-naked choke.  He felt strong and he felt huge.  Much different than our first meeting. It doesn’t really bother me, it was an amateur fight, after all, but for him to release a public statement where he is quoted as saying, ‘Throughout my journey in combat sports that goes all the way back to wrestling at 11 years old, I’ve never failed stepping on the scale. Today was the first time in 20 years where I didn’t hit my mark…’ well, that’s just not true.”

Right here is footage of Forsyth’s first battle in opposition to Chiesa:

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MMA Information has reached out to Chiesa’s staff for remark.

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