Michael Chiesa knew Sean Brady long before he fought him, and not just because he was another UFC welterweight. As a UFC commentator, he had gotten the skinny on Brady’s talent from his colleague, retired lightweight Paul Felder.
In the midst of their UFC Vegas 43 co-star, Brady said Chiesa admitted Felder was right.
“He was like ‘Dude you’re strong you really strong”, “Brady said of Chiesa at the post-fight press conference after handing over The Ultimate Fighter 15 winning his second consecutive defeat. “Paul wasn’t lying. I said, ‘Thank you brother.’ I’m trying to win this fight here.
Paul could be forgiven for spreading the truth a bit given his relationship as Brady’s longtime training partner. But the proof was already in the Philly welterweight resume, an unbeaten streak that included four straight UFC wins. By the time he got to No.4, the biggest problem was living with his octagonal resume.
“I was even surprised when I got it,” Brady said. “Guys, I was [ranked No. 14], I was trying to fight anyone, literally, in the top-15. Anyone who was next to me, and I was having a hard time getting something, and then they offered it to me. I was just grateful for it.
Chiesa showed no signs of intimidation during the fighting week. Instead, Brady said everything is friendly between the UFC welterweights. They even traded UFC jerseys when Brady said he didn’t have black ones.
But the biggest win was Brady’s career.
“Now the other guys really won’t be able to say no,” he said.
Brady refused to call the other guys during his post-fight victory speech, claiming he wasn’t that guy. But he came up with an idea behind the scenes: the winner of a Dec. 18 fight between Belal Muhammad and two-time title challenger Stephen Thompson.
“I don’t know what they’re ranked on, but I know they’re in the top 10,” Brady said. “I know the ranking comes out on Tuesday. I’m sure I’ll land somewhere in the top 10.
Perhaps his new placement would help other UFC colleagues recognize him, such as former UFC Champion Daniel Cormier, who appeared to forget his name during the post-fight interview. Cormier tried to redeem himself by speaking to reporters.
“You forgot my name, dog,” Brady said with a smile. “It hurts.”
“I didn’t,” Cormier replied.
“Yo, you better follow me on Instagram tonight,” Brady persisted.
“I mentioned your name five times in the interview,” Cormier said.
“And then you forgot about it,” Brady said. “I love you, DC”