Chiesa began his professional mixed martial arts career in 2008. He fought for several regional promotions in the Pacific Northwest, going undefeated in his first seven fights, before gaining an opportunity to appear on The Ultimate Fighter: Live reality show.
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John Bartolo interviews Mike Chiesa
John interviews Mike ‘Maverick’ Chiesa who is a professional mixed martial artist, who currently competes in the welterweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is a professional MMA competitor since 2008. Mike was the winner of FX’s inaugural The Ultimate Fighter: Live.
John and Mike have an engaging conversation about fighting, the various interesting matches, the top fighters and their style, the use of boxing gloves and puffies, cleaning up fights with rules, and the importance of practice and preparation, camps and teams.
Mike talks about his life and how he loves fighting.
1:02—John starts the show by thanking the sponsors.
1:40—John introduces his special guest Mike ‘Maverick’ Chiesa who is a professional mixed martial artist, who currently competes in the welterweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is a professional MMA competitor since 2008. Mike was the winner of FX’s inaugural The Ultimate Fighter: Live.
2:03—John asks Mike to explain the “no contest, no decision” that happened in the previous week’s fight. Mike elaborates on the ‘intentional foul’ versus the ‘unintentional foul’.
6:04—Mike talks about the ergonomics of the gloves and the need to make a change but John feels that any change in the shape of the gloves will drastically change too much of the match.
8:20—Mike explains the difference between training with boxing gloves and training with MMA sparring gloves called puffies. He feels boxing gloves should be avoided for training because you tend to poke people in the eyes.
10:20—John and Mike talk about rules and cleaning up the fights to avoid issues like concussions and other injuries.
11:42—John asks Mike to explain the 12 to 6 elbow-rule.
13:23—Mike and John remember Marvin Haggler who passed away recently. They reminisce about Marvelous Marvin Haggler’s style and how he was the boxer of the decade.
19:30—John and Mike talk about the many different belts in boxing. They analyze the current fighters-- how great they all are, who the sure winners will be, which matches will be exciting, bulking up for specific weight classes, fight IQ, various techniques and many other interesting snippets about previous matches.
32:39—John asks Mike about putting a camp together. Mike talks about teams, preparation, practices, helping the team mates, and preparing yourself.
34:45—John and Mike talk about building your own and evolving to take the next step in the fight journey.
37:30—John elaborates on the theory of 10,000 hours plus another 10,000 hours. Being the 1 of 1%. All of them trying to be the best at what they do. Mike agrees with John and says that doing the extra stuff is so much more important than just training.
44:01—John talks about Mike and where he stands at the moment. Mike mentions how he is branching out into commentating and also looking for other new stuff to do.
47:16—John ends the show by thanking Mike for coming on the show. He thanks his sponsors and requests the audience to leave a review.
5:54— “We have a great rule system in place, but obviously there may be some adjustments that need to be made.” Mike Chiesa
9:43-- “Quit training in boxing gloves or else you are going to poke people in the eye!” Mike Chiesa
33:35-- “As long as you are giving back to the team that’s helping you, then that’s accommodating. You got to be part of a team, but you got to build your own camps.” Mike Chiesa
37:37-- “Ten thousand hours makes you an expert at something, compound that with another ten thousand hours in your lifetime and you are going to be beyond an expert.” John Bartolo
39:13-- “You got to be hyper focused as your time is limited. You got to enjoy the ride, but at some point, you got to dial it in if you really want to be on top of the heap.” Mike Chiesa
45:05-- “The one thing I love about balancing both jobs is that I now have to study everybody from every camp. I am learning more about the guys that I can potentially be fighting through my studying.” Mike Chiesa