Michael Chiesa capped his 13 weeks in The Ultimate Fighter: Live house by earning a sixfigure UFC contract.
Michael Chiesa may have been coach Urijah Faber’s fifth pick, but that didn’t deter the Washington native from systematically mowing through his TUF brethren on the fifteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show. After defeating Jermey Larson by unanimous decision in the opening round, Chiesa TKO’ed favored Justin Lawrence before earning a trip to the finals by KO’ing James Vick. In the finals, Chiesa forced his Faber teammate Al Iaquinta to tap via rear naked choke in the first round to become the newest TUF winner to secure a UFC contract. And the good news kept coming that night, as Chiesa earned an additional $40,000 for Submission of the Night.