Humanizing Athletes: UFC Fighter Michael Chiesa’s Favorite Things

UFC Fighter Michael Chiesa (18-4)

MMA fighters are savages. They are the best athletes on planet earth, and — as human beings — have an extraordinarily wide-ranging set of interests. Who are they as people? What makes them tick? What does each athlete have in common with the fans that cheer them on? This series fills in those blanks and gets to the heart of the matter, while exploring what makes your favorite fighters who they are.

Michael Chiesa vs. Dos Anjos
Photo courtesy of Jeff Bottari Credit: Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Michael Chiesa is one of the best welterweights in the UFC right now. He is the true dark horse of the stacked division.

Chiesa moved up to welterweight in 2018 and has looked unstoppable ever since. Chiesa is a huge threat to the division. Wrestling? Check. Jiu-Jitsu? Check. Heart? Check. Size? Check.

One or two wins, and Chiesa will be fighting for the welterweight belt.

In one of the biggest wins of his career, Chiesa outworked and completely dominated former UFC champion Rafael dos Anjos. He called out Colby Covington in his post-fight interview, which would be an absolutely fantastic fun fight. Hopefully, it happens at some point.

Chiesa returned to action for the first time after taking 2020 off to heal and have surgery this past January. Again, he dominated another opponent, this time Neil Magny, in the main event of the second fight card of the year, UFC on ESPN: Chiesa vs. Magny.

“Maverick” returns to action for the second time in 2020 at UFC 265 against Vicente Luque, in very important fight in the welterweight title picture. A win over Luque could set him up for a No. 1 contender fight or even a future title shot….we’ve seen crazier things.

Here is a list of UFC fighter Michael Chiesa’s favorite things.

  • Favorite food – Presto Pasta
  • Favorite drink – Lemon-Lime Gatorade/IPA
  • Favorite color – Blue
  • Favorite all-time fight to watch – Robbie Lawler vs. Rory McDonald
  • Favorite sport to watch other than MMA – Football
  • Favorite submission to practice – Chokes
  • Favorite athlete – Danny Way (Skateboarder)
  • Favorite movie – Goodfellas
  • Favorite TV show – Breaking Bad
  • Favorite song – One by Metallica
  • Favorite band or musician – Metallica and Guns N’ Roses
  • Favorite place to travel to – Peru or Japan
  • Favorite animal – Tiger
  • Favorite holiday – Thanksgiving
  • Favorite hobby – Snowboarding

You can follow UFC Fighter Michael Chiesa on Twitter and Instagram.

Check out the rest of my Humanizing series.

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