Why didn’t Chiesa vs Maia happen?

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  1. Rebel_LioN Silver Belt

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    I remember Maia calling Chiesa out on the mic after he won his last fight.

    I think this is an appropriate match up, why didn’t UFC make this happen?
     
  2. Zebra Cheeks 2Cheeks Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    To be honest if I’m chiesa and they offer me RDA instead I go for it
     
  3. They went with Gilbert Burns after quintet hoping to replace what maia was to this division
     
  4. BigTruck Black Belt

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    This. He took a higher ranked easier opponent. Smart move but it's a fight I'd for sure love to see
     
  5. BEATDOWNS Steel Belt

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    Chiesa vs Covington is the fight to make..
     
  6. sssleeper Blue Belt

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    I'm pretty sure he turned Maia down and took the Sanchez fight.

    I wasn't a fan of him turning down Maia with bullshit reasoning and went against said reasoning for the Sanchez fight.
     
  7. ulysse Life is tough ; Life is good

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    Chiesa can not jump to fight the #2, just like that... hopefully !
     
  8. Zebra Cheeks 2Cheeks Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Colby would trash him
     
  9. usernamee Silver Belt

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    He ducked Maia.

    Maia called him out and Chiesa said some shit about how "they were in different paths" or some shit and then like 1 month later he said in an interview that he wanted a top 5 guy.

    For some reason Maia didn't work well for him despite Maia only losing to Woodley in a title fight, Usman the guy who then became the champ and Colby the interim champ.

    So Maia was clearly a great way for him to pop into the top 5 without a doubt, but he wanted none of it
     
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    Not a fan of Chiesa since TUF. Always talking about how his "dad was in Heaven watching him" and blah blah blah. I hate that his father passed, I really do. However, it seemed like he said it every single episode. Fast forward a few years and he's crying about FKL talking about his mom...just unlikeable.
     
  11. josh345 Brown Belt

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    Anybody in the top 5 will trash him. Except RDA I guess but he’s past his prime.
     
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    maia would sub him or out grind him to a decision. chiesa has 11 sub wins but has also been submitted 3 times alone in the ufc. great offensive grappler but defense wise he has holes.
     
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    Probably because they wanted people to buy tickets and that's a horrible co-main.
     
  14. Zebra Cheeks 2Cheeks Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    I’m gonna he honest, and I’m sure plenty of people think I’m wrong, but I’ve always felt like RDA was a blip on the radar. He was like an Anthony Pettis. Talented, but I never felt like he was the top 5/champ caliber guy he’s been made out to be
     
  15. POWER2 My name is Power²

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    Because Chiesa is being groomed as the next hype.
     
  16. IRENICUS Purple Belt

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    Chiesa has some balls calling out Colby as I don't see how he wins that.
    RDA was higher ranked than Maia so that made sense. He could've tried to keep it standing against Maia but a much tougher fight.
     
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    I'm sure it still can.
     
  18. RockyLockridge Silver Belt

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    It's actually a very smart and very realistic call out, not saying I'd pick him to win or anything like that but you're picking a loser in the top 5 which is pretty much the most logical fight to take. with woodley, edwards and usman off the table it was either that or wonderboy and to be honest a win over colby probably does more for him at this point.
     
  19. theflashh Banned Banned

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    People might be surprised when Chiesa fights Colby

    He could very well take his back and finish him
     
  20. JKS 77+&--#rT....

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    Physics won't allow it to happen. It's impossible for Maia and Chiesa to have each other's back going for choke at the same time.
     

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