In what should be considered the “Fight of the Season”, Al Iaquinta defeated Myles Jury by unanimous decision to give Team Faber their first win of the season last week. It will be difficult to match the action-packed bout, but Michael Chiesa and Jeremy Larsen have the potential to deliver another solid fight for fans of The Ultimate Fighter.

With Iaquinta getting the win last week, coach Urijah Faber made the match-up of Chiesa and Larsen, stating that Larsen has struggled against wrestlers in the past. However, Larsen will look to make Faber think otherwise, in hopes of giving Team Cruz the momentum once again.

The MMA Corner’s own Corey Adams will breakdown the match-up, and give a prediction of who will move one step closer to earning a six-figure UFC contract.

Michael Chiesa (7-0) vs. Jeremy Larsen (8-2, 1 NC)

The two men that will square off with one another weren’t the favorites coming onto the show, but are capable of defeating everyone in the house on any given day.

If you tuned in to the second episode, you know that Chiesa was given horrible news that his father had passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Like anyone who has lost a close family member would be , Chiesa was devastated, but thanks to UFC president Dana White and fellow competitors, he was able to stay in good spirits throughout the situation.

Before “The Maverick” fought his way unto the show, Chiesa compiled an undefeated record on the local circuit. Judging by looks alone, his long hair and beard tell you that this guy can fight. Five of his seven victories have come by way of submission, with the majority of those wins coming in the first round. Expect Chiesa to try and take the fight to the ground from the beginning, with his mind focused on submitting his opponent early in the bout.

Larsen is a different fighter than Chiesa. In his fight to get in the house, Larsen pulled out a decision win, as his many submission attempts were unsuccessful. Faber referenced the fight as being the worst of the day, and feels like he has some holes in his game that can be taken advantage of. Larsen hasn’t submitted an opponent since 2007, with most of his wins going the distance. His most notable fight was against Ultimate Fighter season eight winner Efrain Escudero in early 2011, where Larsen lost by submission.

The game plan of Larsen will likely be just do whatever he can to win a decision. With Dominick Cruz instructing him, Larsen will be told to circle of his feet, and will be working a lot of his takedown defense and grappling.

Chiesa will have emotions stirring inside him, but should be able to overcome what’s on his mind. He not only will be fighting for himself now, but also for his family, trying to give them something to cheer about and lift their spirits.

As mentioned, “The Maverick” will try to make this an ugly fight, and look to finish it early. The question is, will Larsen have an answer for it?

With a greater level of motivation under him, Chiesa is the pick for this fight. It will be difficult for Larsen to stuff the takedown attempts by Chiesa, and don’t believe he will be able to stop the Sikjitsu member. Chiesa wins this fight by submission, making this one of the best stories in Ultimate Fighter history.

Photo: Mike Chiesa reflects on the loss of his father (Zuffa, LLC)

About The Author

Corey Adams
Staff Writer

Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.