MMA Preview – Michael Chiesa vs Anthony Pettis at UFC 223


When is UFC 223? Sunday 8th April, 2018 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 223? Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

What channel is UFC 223 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 223? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 223?



There was a time where it was hard to think of any fighter that had more potential than Anthony Pettis. Although he earned the lightweight title, he has never quite lived up to that potential which is a shame considering some of the electrifying performances he has put on.

Despite losing five of his last seven, Pettis is desperate to display his pedigree and now he has moved back up to lightweight and his training camp is going a lot smoother than his last fight against Dustin Poirier, there is a good chance we’ll get to see him light up the Barclays Center in vintage Pettis fashion.

However, he has a legitimate contender in front of him. Michael Chiesa is a tricky fighter; he has an obvious strength which is his grappling and only has two losses to his name, the second of which came in his last fight against Kevin Lee.


These are two grappling wizards with slick submission games and lightening quick transitions so it will be a real treat to see them battle it out on the mat which is where Chiesa will hope the fight stays.

Pettis, however, is a threat everywhere and is just as slick on the feet. It is hard to bet against Chiesa, especially if the fight is fought at a close distance but if the Pettis of old turns up, a stunning finish could be on the cards.

Winner: Pettis via KO/TKO