UFC 223 may have been the most chaotic week in recent memory for the UFC, starting with Tony Ferguson getting hurt the day before arriving in New York, to Max Holloway being stopped by the Athletic Commission, and of course Conor McGregor and a dozen of his friends attacking a bus at UFC 223 Media day.
Michael Chiesa would be injured in the attack by shattered glass from a window that McGregor threw a dolly through.
Not only did that take Chiesa out of a scheduled fight with Anthony Pettis, Chiesa would have been in-line to face Khabib Nurmagomedov following Ferguson and Holloway being pulled from the card.
“I lost a title shot. I have proof. I was the highest-ranked guy on the card,” Chiesa said during the UFC 226 media day on Thursday. “I would have stepped in to fight Khabib at the drop of a dime. I’ve always loved the fight with Khabib. Bless his heart, he’s a cool ass guy. But this is a sport and I’ve always liked the way I matched up against him and I got f—ked out of that opportunity.”
“I don’t really have too many kind things to say to [McGregor]. You work your whole life for those kinds of opportunities. Do I want mine on short order? No, I’d love a training camp. Like I said, if they walk in the door now and say, ‘Hey, do 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.”
Chiesa is looking to work past it as he faces Pettis next week atat UFC 226.
“To lose the opportunity, that’s tough. You know how this sport works, guys,” Chiesa said. “Opportunities like that don’t come along. I could string along 15 wins in a row and still not get a title shot and I lost my opportunity and my dream. I hope that I’m gonna fight my ass off to earn it back starting on July 7 against Anthony Pettis. But yeah, tough pill to swallow.”
Some fighters have gotten apologies from McGregor, but Chiesa is not one of them, telling reporters, “no, I haven’t heard from him. So, f–k him.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting