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UFC 173: Michael Chiesa Vs. Francisco Trinaldo

ufc 173

Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo

We remain in the lightweight division with our prelim main event, as former Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Chiesa takes on Francisco Trinaldo.

Chiesa (10-1) rebounded from his first pro defeat by submitting fellow ex-TUF winner Colton Smith in November. Last July, he was submitted by Jorge Masvidal, snapping a nine-fight win streak to start his career.

Trinaldo (14-3) has gone 4-2 in six UFC fights and is coming off a split decision that went his way vs. Jesse Ronson in February. He has submitted both Mike Rio and C.J. Keith inside the Octagon.

Round 1: Good pacing from both men, who are leery of each other and the submission game. Trinaldo catches Chiesa with a shot to the body and he is hurt. He tapped his cup, indicating it was low, but no stoppage from the ref. Another body shot from Trinaldo connects and he is stalking Chiesa. Chiesa with a takedown and he moves to the back, working to loosen up Trinaldo and secure the rear-naked choke. Back to full mount for Chiesa, who lands a series of elbows to the face. A flurry of strikes and elbows, many of which are getting through, for Chiesa. Trinaldo is doing a great job of moving and defending, staying in this fight despite the punishment.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Chiesa

Round 2: Trinaldo gets the early advantage, locking up a guillotine and securing it by dropping to the ground. Chiesa appears to be working to remain in it, and he does, breaking the hold and winding up in mount. Trinaldo going for a sweep, and he switches to an inside heel hook with two minutes to go. Chiesa rolls to defend and he does, allowing him to get back to the top and in side control working a potential guillotine. Good elbows from Chiesa in side control, peppering away and staying active.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Chiesa

Round 3: Low blow stops the early action, but Chiesa doesn’t want to give Trinaldo any added time to recover and quickly we are back to action. Huge left hand lands off a counter strike from Trinaldo, his best shot since early in the first. Chiesa doing a nice job of mixing levels and changing up his attacks, dropping down and scoring an easy takedown with three minutes to go. In terms of ground strikes, Trinaldo is in a negative-100 hole. Trinaldo throws his legs up, going for an armbar as we go under a minute to go. Chiesa is fighting it off and is able to survive.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Chiesa

Michael Chiesa def. Francisco Trinaldo via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)