“Conor is good, but I really don’t think he’s a true lightweight,” Chiesa told ESPN back in January. “That’s what I’m saying. With the landscape of this division, I don’t see Conor ending his year as champion. And you put me in there, I’m going to drag him to the ground and beat him too. I’m a huge lightweight. I’m as big as Nate (Diaz) or bigger, and we saw how many problems Nate gave him.
“I like the way I match up with Conor,” he said. “He’s not my hardest matchup at 155 pounds.”
Chiesa then explained that, while he thinks McGregor is a great fighter, he’s not a big fan of the Irishman’s personality.
“The guy is very talented. Nobody can take it away from him. He’s won two belts simultaneously in two different weight classes. He’s got a great style; he’s exciting to watch. He’s a good fighter. He’s a great fighter. He’s a douchebag, but he’s a great fighter, and I like how I match up with him.”
Michael Chiesa has been on the shelf since April of 2016, when he tapped Beneil Dariush with a second-round rear-naked choke. Prior to that win, he locked up another rear-naked choke on Jim Miller, and defeated Mitch Clarke by decision.
Conor McGregor, meanwhile, was last seen in November, when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez to win the UFC lightweight title. Currently, he is enjoying a paternity leave as he prepares for the birth of his first child.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/10/2017.