That Time Kevin Lee Brought Up Michael Chiesa's Mom and Started a Brawl

Matthew Ryder@@matthewjryderFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2017

DALLAS, TX - MAY 12:  (L-R) Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee face off during the UFC Summer Kickoff Press Conference at the American Airlines Center on May 12, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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The moms.

Oh, buddy, you better not go after the moms.

There might be nothing in the world that will rile a guy up quicker than a comment about their mom, and that very much played itself out at the UFC’s Summer Kickoff press conference back in May.

Sure, it didn’t happen that long ago, but it was so iconic as the type of absurdity so often seen in MMA that it warrants recapping given Kevin Lee and Michael Chiesa will settle their score this weekend.

It all starts pretty casually, with Lee wearing a comically overwrought shirt—wide open, of course—and bandana. In something of a starmaking turn, he’s taking digs at Chiesa while talking up the fight and his newfound place as a main eventer.

Relatively harmlessly, it first appears, Lee makes the comment, “I know his momma got tickets,” and seems ready to go on sassing his future opponent. He doesn’t get the chance, though.

Chiesa, not exactly known as a wild firebrand full of explosive outbursts, leaps from his seat and shouts: “You shut the f--k up about my mom!”

What ensues is the two men shouting over one another briefly, with Chiesa pointing and repeating variations of “don’t you ever talk about my mom” before he finally decides to take action. He declares his intention to “slap the f--k out of” Lee and storms across the dais to do just that.

The other athletes on stage range from horrified to cheerleading as the two lightweights meet in the aisle amid a horde of UFC security, who fail miserably at their job of breaking up the brawl when Chiesa eats a big overhand right. Things are eventually put to a halt after that.

Some people loved it, others thought it was the type of trashy silliness better suited to a Jerry Springer episode, but it undeniably got people talking about a pretty exciting fight that was otherwise likely to fly under the radar during the UFC’s busy season. 

Check out the whole fiasco below (NOTE: video contains NSFW language), and tune in Sunday night on Fox Sports 1 to see who has the last laugh.

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