Chiesa blames Conor McGregor.
The 6-foot-1 mixed martial artist believed that it was The Notorious who costed him the UFC 223 bout and the title. Chiesa suffered an injury on the bus attack instigated by McGregor last April.
Due to the injuries he sustained, Chiesa’s fight against Anthony Pettis scheduled on April 8 was cancelled.
After the incident, the controversial McGregor has extended his apologies to some fighters but not to Chiesa.
To this, he said,
In a UFC presser yesterday, Chiesa told reporters how he lost out on an important opportunity due to McGregor scandal.
“I lost a title shot.”
“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. This is a sport and I’ve always liked the way I matched up against him and I got f*cked out of that opportunity.”
He remained firm on putting the blame on Mcgregor. He also stressed he does not have much to say on him.
McGregor faces an assault charge after the backstage melee.
“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 has a renewed chance to secure a UFC title. He will take on Pettis at the T-Mobile Arena for the highly-anticipated UFC 226.
“To lose the opportunity, that’s tough. You know how this sport works, guys. Opportunities like that don’t come along. I could strike 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 staring on July 7 against Anthony Pettis.”
Watch Michael Chiesa firing shots at McGregor in this video below.