Somewhat lost in a wild Tuesday of fight announcements was an extremely interesting lightweight matchup between grappling aces.
The always exciting Joe Lauzon will make his return to the Octagon to face fellow Ultimate Fighter alum Michael Chiesa at UFC Fight Night on Sept. 4 in Connecticut. The story was first reported by the Boston Herald and confirmed by UFC officials. The card, which takes place at Foxwoods Resort Casino, will air live on FOX Sports 1.
Lauzon (23-9), the UFC’s leader in fight-night bonuses, has not competed since beating Mac Danzig by unanimous decision back in December. Lauzon’s son was born with cancer in January and was able to beat the disease, but it has been a trying time for the family. In the cage, the 30-year-old Lauzon is 3-3 in his last six fights and this represents a huge chance for him. Currently, the Massachusetts native is No. 15 in the UFC lightweight contender rankings.
Chiesa (11-1) has not cracked those rankings yet, but he is extremely close. This will represent the biggest fight of his career. The 26-year-old, a true prospect, has lost just once in his career, to ranked lightweight Jorge Masvidal, but has now won two straight and four of five in the UFC. Chiesa, who trains out of Spokane, Wash., won The Ultimate Fighter Live back in 2012 and is known for his suffocating grappling. He’s coming off a unanimous decision win over Francisco Trinaldo at UFC 173 in May.
No headliner has been announced yet for UFC Fight Night in Foxwoods. But Lauzon-Chiesa figures to be on the main card.