Michael Chiesa advances; complete TUF Live, Episode 5 recap
TEAM FABER’S MIKE CHIESA (7-0) VS. TEAM CRUZ’s JEREMY LARSEN (8-2)
Round 1 – Referee Steve Mazzagatti in charge. Stats reveal Chiesa has a six-and-a-half inch reach advantage. He stays outside early but dives in for a takedown at the first chance. Larsen defends early, but Chiesa brings it down with a second effort. Chiesa takes top position as Larsen scrambles underneath. Larsen makes it back to his feet and spins off the cage. Chiesa uses his height to score inside with knees to the jaw before they finally break away. Chiesa slips on the restart, but he’s quickly back inside and working for a takedown. He wraps the body and lands a big slam, again getting top position. Larsen looks for options from his back, but Chiesa is smothering. Chiesa sets up a choke, and Larsen drops to a knee. Chiesa fires in an illegal knee. It costs him a point, which could be huge. Larsen looks to have recovered after a short break. The round ends shortly after, and with the deduction, MMAjunkie.com scores it even at 9-9.
Round 2 – Punches traded by both to open, but Chiesa again is quickly inside. Larsen defends well and stays upright. Larsen seems to have some momentum, and he breaks away and looks to trade. Chiesa continues to close the distance and look for a takedown. He finally gets it two minutes in. Larsen is right in front of his coaches, and the walk him through an escape to the feet. But Chiesa is relentless and gets the fight down again. He doesn’t do much with the position, and Larsen finally escapes again. Both fighters look tired, but they swing away for a moment. Larsen is connecting better in the exchanges, but Chiesa has earned the takedown. Close fight going into final minute. Chiesa closes in a transitions to the back. He falls to the floor and pulls Larsne down. Chiesa immediately secures the back and looks for the choke. It doesn’t com, but the final sequence may have won him the round and the fight. Larsen rises like he may have won, but MMAjunkie.com scores the final round for Chiesa, 10-9, giving him the fight 19-18. Judges agree.
Mike Chiesa def. Jermey Larsen via unanimous decision.