In the night’s first main card match up, active Airborne Ranger Colton Smith took on TUF winner Michael “Maverick” Chiesa.
After a minute and a half of striking, Smith managed a slick takedown, only to find himself back mounted after an equally impressive reversal from Chiesa. Chiesa opted for a body triangle as he looked for the choke, but Smith managed to escape, taking his opponent’s back in turn. Smith nearly finished the fight with a standing rear naked choke, but Maverick dove to the ground, slamming his way out of it. The first rounded ended with both fighters back on their feet.
As the second round opened, both fighters looked to take the fight to the ground, although neither could complete their takedowns. Then out of nowhere, Chiesa found a huge throw, immediately taking Smith’s back and finishing the fight with a rear naked choke.
With this impressive victory, Chiesa advances his record to 10-1, bouncing back from his loss to Jorge Masvidal earlier this year.