Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Round 1: Chiesa takes the center of the cage. He paws with his jab. Trinaldo inching forward. Chiesa misses with a high kick. Both fighters being careful in the early going. Chiesa lands a kick to the body. He closes the distance and works to get the fight to the ground. Trinaldo defends it and lands a knee to the body that hurts Chiesa. Chiesa circles on the outside. He looks for a takedown and gets hit with a left hand. Chiesa again looks for a takedown and gets it. He traps Trinaldo’s right arm and lands right hands. Chiesa advances to the mount position. He lands elbows. Chiesa postures up and throws a series of punches. He’s teeing off on Trinaldo. Trinaldo covers. Chiesa continues to lands elbows and punches. Trinaldo survives the round. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Chiesa.
Round 2: They touch gloves to start the second frame. Chiesa looks for a takedown and Trinaldo lands a right hand. Trinaldo looking to time Chiesa as he moves in. Chiesa lands a left hand and Trinaldo answers with a knee to the body. Trinaldo lands a combination that hurt Chiesa. Chiesa changes levels and looks for a takedown. Trinaldo applies a guillotine choke and pulls guard to tighten it down. Chiesa pops his head out and had top position with three minutes left in the round. Trinaldo isolates a leg. He rolls. Chiesa rolls free and is in the half guard position. Chiesa lands short elbows. Trinaldo spins around and looks to take Trinaldo’s back. Trinaldo rolls to his back and Chiesa settles in the half guard position. He traps Trinaldo’s arm with his knee and lands elbows. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Chiesa.
Round 3: Trinaldo’s corner tells him he needs a finish. They advise him to throw leg kicks. Trinaldo lands a left hand. Chiesa paws with his jab. Trinaldo lands a left hand over the top. Chiesa initiates the clinch. Trinaldo delivers a knee to the groin. Chiesa doesn’t take long to say he’s fine to continue, and the fight is restarted. Trinaldo is stalking Chiesa. He misses with a winging right hand. Trinaldo gets aggressive and Chiesa ducks under and takes him down. Chiesa works in Trinaldo’s guard. He lands short elbows. Chiesa is content with staying in Trinaldo’s guard. Trinaldo rolls for an arm bar. He has the arm. Chiesa gets his arm free and maintains top position. Chiesa continues to land elbows. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Chiesa.
The judges scored the fight for Chiesa by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 30-26, 30-26 and 30-27.
“I hurt my elbow on his very tough chin but it was worth it. This guy was tough as hell. He made me look like a genius when he was fighting with his hands down. The choke was pretty tight but all I had to do was keep my hips high and I could breath. It honestly looked a whole lot worse than it was. I think that was my best fight thus far because we went three hard rounds. I fought the ugly fight that I wanted and came up on top. I can’t wait to head out to my buddy Sam Sicilia’s cabin on the lake for a little rest and hibernation.”
“I was very close to closing him out with that choke. I also would’ve finished the armbar but I made a small mistake and forgot to close up my hands. He was very tough and he deserved the victory tonight.”