The second of the two quarterfinal bouts set for this Friday on The Ultimate Fighter: Live will feature Justin Lawrence against Mike Chiesa, as the coaches Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber both wanted to see these two tough guys compete against one another.

The MMA Corner’s own Corey Adams will pull a double shift by predicting two bouts instead of one, and as always gives the keys to the fight, as well as a final prediction on who will come out on top.

Justin Lawrence (3-0) vs. Mike Chiesa (7-0)

While the betting odds indicate that this meeting between Lawrence and Chiesa won’t be the closest fight, don’t go with what Vegas says. Expect this fight to be one of the best of the season between two guys with a load of talent.

The 21-year-old Lawrence will be the favorite in this fight and rightfully so. Lawrence came into the show having competed in Strikeforce before and applied that experience inside the Octagon.

Lawrence, having defeated two of the most talented guys in the competition in James Krause and Cristiano Marcello, has the best resume of the remaining fighters. Not only did “The American Kid” beat them, but he ended their nights with stunning knockouts.

While sitting at the top of the power rankings for the season is great and all, it also leaves the biggest target on his back. Everyone wants to fight Lawrence, just to prove they are just as good as him.

The key for Lawrence on Friday is simple: be yourself. There’s no doubt that Team Cruz’s top pick will be looking to score with another knockout, but he’s going up against a guy who can take a hit, and he will have to be at his best to keep his momentum going.

Chiesa has been the heart-warming story of the season, as he got a call early in the season saying that his dad had passed away. Ever since, Chiesa has displayed a ton of heart and emotion that has gotten him this far.

It doesn’t appear the Washington native has any intentions of slowing down either.

The 24-year-old got to this point by earning a decision over Jeremy Larsen, and he looked very impressive in that contest. Chiesa is known for his “sikjitsu” game and has submitted five out of seven opponents he faced before entering the house.

For Chiesa to pull the upset, he will first have to find a way to avoid the heavy-handed Lawrence on the feet. The advantage Chiesa will have is his height—he is four inches taller than his opponent. He will need to keep his distance on the outside, but somehow find a way to take Lawrence down. With a solid wrestling coach in Faber behind him, they’ll come with a game plan to do so, but will Lawrence have an answer?

With how hot Lawrence has been as of late, it’s hard not to pick him in this fight. In fact, he is the pick to win this fight, but will have a difficult time taking out Chiesa. Chiesa will match Lawrence blow for blow early on, but Lawrence will prevail in the second round to earn a TKO win.

To find out the result of the fight and review the full episode, check out The Ultimate Fighter: Live – The Aftermath, Week Ten

Photo: Justin Lawrence (standing) (Josh Hedges/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.