By The Numbers: Michael Chiesa vs. Sean Brady

By Brian Knapp Nov 19, 2021

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The movers and shakers within the Ultimate Fighting Championship have placed a springboard directly in front of Sean Brady. Whether or not the fast-rising welterweight contender can capitalize on the opportunity remains to be seen.

Brady will put his perfect 14-0 record on the line when he meets “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 15 winner Michael Chiesa in the UFC Fight Night 198 co-main event on Saturday at the UFC Apex, where a victory could conceivably vault the unbeaten Daniel Gracie protégé into a new competitive tax bracket at 170 pounds. He joined the UFC roster in 2019 and has done nothing but raise his stock since. Brady last appeared at UFC 259, where he put away Jake Matthews with an arm-triangle choke in the third round of their March 6 pairing. Chiesa, meanwhile, has rattled off four wins across his past five outings. He last competed on Aug. 7, when he surrendered to a Vicente Luque brabo choke in the first round of their UFC 265 showcase.

As Brady and Chiesa make final preparations for their high-stakes showdown, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:

33: Years of age for Chiesa, who was born on Dec. 7, 1987 in Aurora, Colorado.

11: Chiesa wins by submission, accounting for 61% of his career total (18). His methods of choice: eight rear-naked chokes, one triangle choke, one brabo choke and one kimura. Chiesa owns seven other wins by decision.

5: First-round finishes on the Chiesa resume. However, only one of them has taken place inside the Octagon, as he put Serra-Longo Fight Team standout Al Iaquinta to sleep with a rear-naked choke in 2:47 at “The Ultimate Fighter 15” Finale on June 1, 2012.

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14: Consecutive calendar years in which Chiesa has made at least one appearance, his 1-1 mark in 2021 included. He went 1-0 in 2008, 1-0 in 2009, 1-0 in 2010, 4-0 in 2011, 1-0 in 2012, 2-1 in 2013, 1-1 in 2014, 2-0 in 2015, 1-0 in 2016, 0-1 in 2017, 1-1 in 2018, 1-0 in 2019 and 1-0 in 2020.

.689: Cumulative winning percentage between the five men—Luque, Anthony Pettis, Kevin Lee, Joe Lauzon and Jorge Masvidal—who have defeated Chiesa. They boast a combined record of 126-56-1.

28: Years of age for Brady, who was born in Philadelphia on Nov. 23, 1992.

3: Brady victories by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 21% of his career total (14). His complete list of victims: Tajuddin Abdul Hakim, Chauncey Foxworth and Paul Almquist. Brady holds four other victories by submission and seven more by decision.

56: Significant strikes by which Brady has outlanded his first four opponents inside the Octagon. He has connected on 237 such strikes in wins over Matthews, Christian Aguilera, Ismail Naurdiev and Court McGee while absorbing only 181 in return.

12: Welterweight titleholders in Cage Fury Fighting Championships history, Brady included. Tamdan McCrory, Chip Moraza-Pollard, Greg Soto, George Sullivan, Jonavin Webb, Lyman Good, Emmanuel Walo, Jeremiah Wells, Bassil Haffez, Evan Cutts and Yohan Lainesse are the others. Only Brady, McCrory, Sullivan and Webb have managed to successfully defend the championship on at least one occasion.

33: Seconds needed for Brady to put away Almquist with punches in his professional debut at CFFC 38 on Aug. 9, 2014. It remains the quickest stoppage victory of his 14-fight career. Advertisement