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While some fighters are itching to compete during the ongoing
coronavirus pandemic, Michael
Chiesa
has a different viewpoint.

The UFC welterweight addressed the difficulties of preparing for a
fight while social distancing restrictions are in place in a post
on his Instagram account. For the time being, it sounds like
“Maverick” is content to wait out the COVID-19 outbreak until he is
able to resume training at close to full capacity.

Chiesa’s full statement is as follows:

“When are you going to fight again?”

That’s a question many of us fighters are being asked regularly. On
the heels of my biggest win to date, there is nothing I want more
than to get back in the octagon and compete. Fighting in an empty
arena feels almost advantageous to me after the time I spent on
TUF. Competing in that type of environment is not what I’m worried
about. It’s the preparation that’s holding me back. Gyms are
closed, training partners are scarce, and coaches/teammates are
doing what’s best to protect the heath of their family. All of
which are things I empathize with 110%. On top of that, there’s
other problems behind the scenes that are better left unsaid. I
know many fighters are experiencing the same challenges in trying
to put together a camp right now. There’s some people that have
enough resources to make it happen right now but unfortunately, I’m
not one of those people.

Ultimately I have two choices. One is keep doing what I can to stay
fit and wait for restrictions to lift. The other is to make some
choices and moves to get me in a position where I can be confident
I can prepare for a fight. My stance on who I fight next will
remain the same, it has to be someone ranked ahead of me. Out of
respect for that short list of guys and the wishes of my family,
I’m not showing up unless I can be at my absolute best.

All I can say is, I hope to get back in there sooner than later and
I am proactively searching for solutions on my own. I hope everyone
out there is staying safe, and staying healthy. God bless.

The UFC is expected to resume its schedule on May 9, and Dana White
has been clear that the promotion intends to maintain a regular
calendar of events from that point forward. The UFC president has
also stated that those who do not wish to compete during the
pandemic will not be penalized.

After beginning his UFC career at lightweight, Chiesa moved to
welterweight in 2018. The Sikjitsu representative has enjoyed
success in his new division, posting triumphs over Carlos
Condit
, Diego
Sanchez
and Rafael dos
Anjos
since the transition. Chiesa is 10-4 in the Las
Vegas-based promotion and 17-4 as a professional overall.

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“When are you going to fight again?” That’s a
question many of us fighters are being asked regularly. On the
heels of my biggest win to date, there is nothing I want more than
to get back in the octagon and compete. Fighting in an empty arena
feels almost advantageous to me after the time I spent on TUF.
Competing in that type of environment is not what I’m worried
about. It’s the preparation that’s holding me back. Gyms are
closed, training partners are scarce, and coaches/teammates are
doing what’s best to protect the heath of their family. All of
which are things I empathize with 110%. On top of that, there’s
other problems behind the scenes that are better left unsaid. I
know many fighters are experiencing the same challenges in trying
to put together a camp right now. There’s some people that have
enough resources to make it happen right now but unfortunately, I’m
not one of those people. Ultimately I have two choices. One is keep
doing what I can to stay fit and wait for restrictions to lift. The
other is to make some choices and moves to get me in a position
where I can be confident I can prepare for a fight. My stance on
who I fight next will remain the same, it has to be someone ranked
ahead of me. Out of respect for that short list of guys and the
wishes of my family, I’m not showing up unless I can be at my
absolute best. All I can say is, I hope to get back in there sooner
than later and I am proactively searching for solutions on my own.
I hope everyone out there is staying safe, and staying healthy. God
bless. #visionquest #campchiesa

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