Michael Chiesa releases video of moment he fractured his nose ahead of Rafael dos Anjos fight

Michael Chiesa defeated former UFC champion Rafael dos Anjos in his toughest fight to date as a welterweight this past Saturday, and he had to overcome a lot in his camp for UFC Raleigh.

“Maverick” released a video on social media showing the exact moment he fractured his nose in two places during a sparring session on Dec. 11, a little over than six weeks prior to his three-round clash with dos Anjos.

“I didn’t want to lose the opportunity’s head of me, so I had to take a chance,” Chiesa wrote. “Deciding not to pull out of the fight made it the most stressful camp of my career. With only a small fraction of the sparring and live grappling I normally do in an eight-week camp, we still got the job done.”

Chiesa (16-4) is now riding a three-fight winning since up to welterweight in 2018, including a submission victory over Carlos Condit. “The Ultimate Fighter” lightweight winner called out former interim champion Colby Covington in his post-fight interview.

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