Last night, in the main event of the UFC’s anticipated trip to Oklahoma City, Michael Chiesa lost by submission to “The MoTown Phenom” Kevin Lee. The unfortunate thing is that, while Lee’s rear-naked choke was deep, Chiesa never actually tapped out or lost consciousness. Instead, referee Mario Yamasaki misread the situation, and stopped the fight early.
Unsurprisngly, this is not the result Chiesa was hoping for. As such, the top-10 UFC lightweight is keen on a rematch with Lee as soon as possible. He made his case on the Fox Sports 1 post-fight show.
“The second I saw [Yamasaki] coming in, I instantly knew,” Chiesa said. “The guy has a reputation for poor officiating. I’m not disappointed in myself for how for I reacted, like a poor sport, but not only did you rob me of an opportunity, you robbed the fans of a great main event, you robbed Kevin. I mean, Kevin got a win over me, there’s not many people in the world that have done that, but now it’s really not a win. It’s surrounded in controversy. Dude, everybody knows I’ve fought the best blackbelts in my division. Jim Miller, Joe Lauzon, Beneil Dariush, all these guys have taken my back in the first round. I always get out, and I always win. You robbed me. So I think it’s only right that me and my team, we go back, we go to the commission and do what we can to get this overturned. And I’m going to look to get a rematch. I’ll fight him in Detroit, I’ll fight him in December, I’ll fight him right now. We’re going to run it back, there’s no way we’re not, I’m not going to have this opportunity robbed from me like this.”
See Chiesa’s full post-fight interview below:
Hear Michael Chiesa’s full post-fight Q&A as he demands a rematch with Kevin Lee and has no love for Mario Yamasaki. https://t.co/YCmnbxvH5b
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/26/2017.