A grappling fan’s delight is on deck UFC on ESPN+ 56 on November 20. — with the #7 ranked welterweight contender, Michael Chiesa returning to clash with the undefeated #13 rated challenger, Sean Brady. At the time of publication, a venue or location for the Fight Night billed showcase has yet to be confirmed by the organization.
Undefeated at the welterweight limit up until his UFC 265 clash with Vicente Luque last month, Chiesa suffered an opening round D’Arce choke loss to the streaking Sanford MMA trainee, after failing to wrap up a previously executed rear-naked choke during an intense scramble.
For the unbeaten, Brady, the Philadelphia native was recently forced from a UFC Vegas 35 clash with division returner, one-time interim lightweight title challenger, Kevin Lee due to a foot infection. Brady improved to 14-0 at UFC 259 in March with an impressive third round arm-triangle win over Jake Matthews. ESPN MMA reporter, Brett Okamoto was first to report the showdown.
18-5 as a professional The Ultimate Fighter 15 lightweight tournament victor, Chiesa had enjoyed a hugely successful tenure as a welterweight prior to last month’s submission loss against Luque at the Toyota Centre in Houston, Texas.
The Washington grappler had gone unbeaten at the 170lbs limit, lodging a pair of unanimous decision wins over both Diego Sanchez and Neil Magny, as well a unanimous judging win over former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. In his divisional debut at UFC 232 — Chiesa submitted former WEC welterweight champion and one-time interim UFC titleholder, Carles Condit.
Brady, a staple of Roufusport in Appleton, Milwaukee is a former Cage Fury Fighting Championship welterweight titleholder and entered the UFC with a unanimous decision win over Court McGee.
Before his submission stoppage over Matthews earlier this year, Brady bested promotional alum, Christian Aguilera with a guillotine, after a unanimous decision win over Ismail Naurdiev.