UFC 291’s main card featured a welterweight bout between TUF 15 veteran Michael Chiesa and Kevin Holland. The fight didn’t go past the first round with Holland winning via brabo choke submission in the 2:39 mark.
Now, “Big Mouth” is advising Chiesa to hang it up and stick to his other gig as one of the UFC’s desk analysts for ESPN.
Holland urges Chiesa to retire after UFC 291 loss
UFC 291 was the 35-year-old Chiesa’s first fight after a two-year layoff due to circumstances beyond his control. And for Holland, his opponent may have failed to evolve as a fighter, which resulted in Saturday night’s outcome.
“The game has circled and passed him and seriously left him. Guys, you have to be realistic. People always talk about, ‘I wanna get a title, I wanna get a title.’ Let’s be real: some of you guys in the UFC, you’re never gonna get a f—ng title,” Holland told media members during his UFC 291 post-fight scrum.
Chiesa began working as a desk analyst in 2018 at UFC Liverpool for FS1, and he’s been a regular fixture ever since. Holland is now advising “Maverick” to focus on his broadcast duties to avoid further damage brought on by their chosen profession.
“Buy some jewelry like me. Retire, commentate, focus on your family. You’re never gonna get a title. And if that’s what you were here for, it’s not gonna happen. You’re already collecting a check by not getting hurt, so just stop,” Holland said of Chiesa.
“You’re a really good commentator and there’s no reason to take brain damage. The next guy might be a little bit more dangerous than me, and he might not go for the submission. He might just keep pounding your head in. So just stop while you can.”
Holland points out one of Chiesa’s bad habits
Ahead of their UFC 291 main card fight, Holland saw a few holes in his opponent’s game. One of them, he says, is Chiesa’s habit of giving up the submission when put in a bad spot.
“One thing about Chiesa is when he gets put in a very bad situation, it’s like he kind of gives up the submission. Maybe he feels like he can escape the submission then put you in a submission. Maybe that’s the case, maybe that’s exactly what he thinks.
“Overall, he got submitted. Smart guy. Way to avoid brain damage. Every time he feels like he’s gonna get hurt, he gives up the submission and then you’re victorious. So, thanks.”
Holland’s victory over Chiesa puts him on a two-fight win streak as he improves to a record of 25-9, with 1 NC. He also won a $50K bonus for Performance of the Night, his seventh post-fight bonus since entering the UFC in 2018.
Chiesa’s run and record after UFC 291
Chiesa entered the UFC in 2012 via the Ultimate Fighter where he emerged as the season’s lightweight tournament winner. He carried on as a 155-pound fighter winning performance bonuses of his own before jumping up to welterweight in 2018.
After UFC 291, Chiesa racked up three straight losses as he dropped to a record of 18-7. But despite the disappointing result, he says he’s not done just yet.
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