After weeks of hard-hitting action, The Ultimate Fighter: Live is slowly coming to an end. This Friday, the final four competitors will square off to determine who will advance to the live finale to fight for a six-figure UFC contract.

The first bout will be James Vick taking on Mike Chiesa, as the two settle the score on who will remain unbeaten.

The MMA Corner’s Corey Adams will take a look at this match-up, and determine who moves on to the finale in Las Vegas.

James Vick (4-0) vs. Mike Chiesa (7-0)

Two undefeated competitors will meet in the semi-finals, and they are sure to put on a great show on May 25.

James Vick wasn’t one of the top guys coming into show, but has become a favorite to win the season as he has impressively put down everyone in his path.

From Dakota Cochrane, to Daron Cruickshank, and most recently Joe Proctor, Vick has performed well. Vick also could win the knockout of the season bonus for his big knee to Cruickshank that opened fans’ eyes.

The edge Vick has on all of his opponents is his length. The 24-year-old stands at 6-foot-3, which is taller than anyone in the house. This has been Vick’s key to making it this far, and he will look to utilize his reach to pick his opponent apart on the feet.

Vick may only have four professional fights in his career, but he has been an athlete his entire life. The native of Forest, Texas, is determined to become the next Ultimate Fighter winner, but he still has a difficult road ahead.

His first test will be Mike “The Maverick” Chiesa, who has been the story of the season. If you don’t know already, Chiesa’s father passed away early on in the season, and Chiesa has fueled off of that to carry himself to this point. To beat Chiesa, one must put in a ton of work to overcome the heart the Washington native possesses.

Also 24-years-old, Chiesa has an impressive resume as well. He is a guy who can compete anywhere in the cage, but his prerogative is on the mat. Five of his seven professional wins have come by submission, and if possible, he will try to take Vick to the ground.

But my hunch is that Chiesa will have a difficult time doing so.

If anyone can do it, Chiesa, with his 6-foot-1 base, would be the guy to test Vick. “The Maverick” will get his share of momentum, earning a takedown or two, but the lanky Vick will be able to escape and get back to his feet.

Joe Proctor, who specializes in jiu-jitsu, wasn’t able to overcome the reach advantage of Vick, so it will be hard for Chiesa to accomplish that as well. Look for Vick to stay comfortable on his feet and control the distance of where the fight goes. Finishing a hard-nosed guy like Chiesa isn’t easy, but Vick will do enough standing to pull out a decision win to advance to the finals.

Photo: Michael Chiesa (R) works for a takedown against Jeremy Larsen (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.