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Mike Chiesa’s win to make the cast of ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Live’ fulfilled his father’s dying wish

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It was an early Friday evening in Las Vegas and Mike Chiesa had successfully completed the first step toward fulfilling a long-time dream. In 2005, Chiesa and his then-girlfriend were watching the finale of the first season of the UFC reality show, “The Ultimate Fighter,” on television when Chiesa made a pronouncement out of nowhere. He would, he told his girlfriend, fight on that show one day.

Now, seven years later on a beautifully mild late winter evening, Chiesa made his words come true, submitting Johnavan Vistante with a rear naked choke in the first round to earn a spot on the cast of 16 for the show’s 15th season.

About 1,100 miles away in Spokane, Wash., his father, Mark Chiesa, lay on a bed in a fight for his life. It was a fight he knew he would not win.

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Post #1   3/20/12 10:40:01PM   

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Very touching *sniff*

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Post #2   3/21/12 8:18:49AM   

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Chiesa's a class act and I hope he wins this whole friggin thing.

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Posted by Wallass

Chiesa's a class act and I hope he wins this whole friggin thing.



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I'll admit it I got a little misty. The dudes got heart, I couldn’t help but think about the guys who have left due to anxiety or missing their girlfriends. This guy loses his dad and just mans up and keeps going. I’ll be rooting for him the rest of the season.

Post #5   3/21/12 1:25:33PM