Michael Chiesa slams Mario Yamasaki, demands rematch with Kevin Lee

It was at this point Lee struck Chiesa before security restrained the pair.

Lee is one of the more marketable and vocal fighters in the UFC and the "Mo Town Phenom" is known for his athleticism.

Lee, however, says his preference is now a shot at number one contender Khabib Nurmagomedov. Chiesa has a 14-2 record as a professional with 10 of those 14 wins coming by submission. He made his case on the Fox Sports 1 post-fight show. "The ref told me to stop, he stopped, I'm just choking him".

Conversely, it was Chiesa's grappling that was highlighted as the probable route to victory for the (+110) underdog. It was late in the round, the choke went in deep, but Chiesa was working to defend. Certainly, there seemed to be a near consensus amongst fight fans and experts alike that if Chiesa were to win, it would come via submission, especially as Chiesa had previously finished 71% of his fourteen previous winning fights by submission.

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GETTY Tony Ferguson wants Khabib Nurmagomedov to beg for a fight with him

A second Mainer on the Oklahoma City card, 29-year-old lightweight Devin Powell of Wells, lost by split decision to Darrell "The Saint" Horcher of Shermansdale, Pennsylvania, in a preliminary-card contest televised by FS2. Prior to Sunday, the fight was too close to call!

The main event pitched Michael Chiesa against Kevin Lee - a fight that had some bad blood behind it after Lee had mentioned Chiesa's mother during the press conference. Midway through the initial round Lee successfully completed a takedown and from that point onwards Chiesa was every bit neutralized by the Detroit man. The Spokane native threw up triangle and armbar efforst, but when he tried to scramble to his feet Lee took the back and sunk in a body triangle to secure position. Lee took the opportunity to pick Chiesa up and slam him violently, but he quickly became ensnared in Chiesa's very active ground game. He straps in palm-to-palm and really squeezes, and that choke requires a lot of arm pump, a lot of arm strength. I didn't feel the tap.

Things didn't go well for him on fight night either, as Boestch put him down with a ferocious head-kick in the second round and quickly followed it up with a peppering of uppercuts that saw the former welterweight champion curl up and the ref call the fight for Tim.

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