Michael Chiesa has been inactive for a very long time; he last fought in 2021 against Sean Brady and lost the match. Chiesa will be fighting against Kevin Holland this Saturday night in the UFC 291 event; recently, Chiesa spoke about his back injury quite expressively and explained how Daniel Cormier played a role in supporting him with the right decision to make.
Daniel Cormier asked Michael Chiesa not to get the back surgery as that would hinder his progress as a fighter and perhaps exacerbate the issue. It will be interesting to see how well Chiesa performs after taking such a long break from the sport.
Michael Chiesa on his back injury
During the recent media day, the welterweight contender Michael Chiesa spoke about his injury and shared the struggles he went through. “It’s no secret I’ve had back issues,” Chiesa said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. “I almost had to have back surgery in 2016.
Then the problem resurfaced again. I promised my then-fiancee, now wife, that after I fought Luque, I said, ‘Hey, we’ll take time to plan the wedding,’ and then things didn’t go my way and I told her I can’t marinate on a loss, I’ve got to get back in there.
Chiesa further said: “So I promised her after Sean Brady that I would take time off and then things panned out that fight, and then in my head I was like, ‘I might just have to sneak one more in.’ So, I started picking up the training and herniated a disk in my back really bad.
Surgery was on the table again, and it was DC that told me, ‘Don’t get the surgery if you’re still going to compete,’ because after he had the procedure after the Lewis fight, he said he couldn’t train the same. and I’m not done”.