Chiesa chokes Iaquinta unconscious, crowned TUF Live Champion

Saturday, June 02, 2012

During recent months, Michael Chiesa has experienced the gamut of emotions. In that time, he earned his dream of getting a slot on the The Ultimate Fighter only to suffer the heartbreak of losing his father to leukemia shortly after beginning the competition. And now, he has captured season 15 of TUF, choking Al Iaquinta unconscious at 2:40 of the first round of the TUF Live Finale.

In doing so, Chiesa won a UFC contract, a Harley-Davidson, and a TapouT endorsement deal.

“This is exactly what i wanted. This has been such a journey and there was no way I was going to sell myself short. There was no way I was losing this fight.”

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Michael Chiesa Vs. Al Iaquinta
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Name Michael Chiesa No Headshot Available
Height 6′ 1″ (185.42 cm)
Weight 175 (79.38 kg)
Record 4-0-0


Name Al Iaquinta Al Iaquinta
Height 5′ 7″ (170.18 cm)
Weight 154 (69.85 kg)
Record 6-1-1
Team Serra-Longo Fight Team
Michael Chiesa defeated Al Iaquinta via Submission (RNC, 1st Round, 2:40)