Mike Chiesa vs. Anton Kuivanen
A pair of lightweights square off next, as former Ultimate Fighter winner Mike Chiesa (8-0) takes on Anton Kuivanen (17-5). John McCarthy is the referee in charge.
Round 1: Chiesa declines a touch of gloves at the start. Pair of stiff jabs get through from Chiesa and connect. A lot of jockeying for position, as the two exchange knees inside the clinch. Chiesa was doing a good job of using his reach advantage, but that is negated when they are tied up. Kuivanen catches him against the fence and lands a combo. Kuivanen is throwing knockout strikes at each opportunity, throwing a flying knee but it gets caught. Chiesa goes for the takedown, and Kuivanen gains mount for a brief moment. Another wild scramble and the round comes to an end.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Kuivanen
Round 2: Working for position, Chiesa takes the back and locks in a hook. They tumble to the ground, with Chiesa locking in a body triangle and working for a choke. The right arm is nearly secure under the chin with plenty of time left in the round. Chiesa switches to the left as the choke arm, and “The Maverick” is able to tighten the grip and secure the submission, improving to 9-0 in his career.
Mike Chiesa def. Anton Kuivanen via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:29 of Round 2