What Can Sioux Falls Expect At First Ever UFC Event? ‘A war.’

UFC Fight Night 91 Tickets On Sale Friday Morning

In less than 24 hours, tickets go on sale for a first ever event in South Dakota. The city has witnessed MMA fighting through the RFA at the Sanford Pentagon, but for the first time the UFC will be making its way to Sioux Falls at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. While he may not be local, one fighter says he understands what the event means to the city.

The Denny may be a football field now, but in a few short months it will transform into an octagon, and Michael Chiesa (14-2) will be walking into a lion’s den to the tune of Stranglehold by Ted Nugent.

“When I make that walk, when my song comes on, I can’t help but smile,” said the UFC Lightweight Fighter.

The 28-year-old has been in love with the UFC since he was twelve years old, making it his goal to achieve success in the sport.

Chiesa said, “I fought as an amateur and once I got enough fights and did well enough, I finally went pro and then they did an open casting call for the Ultimate Fighter Show in Las Vegas.”

The Spokane fighter made it on the show in 2012, and has been living his dream ever since. But soon he’ll face an uphill battle, his toughest opponent yet… Tony Ferguson (21-3).

“He’s just dangerous, I want to fight a guy that is like me. He’s not a safe fighter, he wants to take chances. He wants to go for submissions. He wants to knock people out,” said Chiesa.

It’s also his first main event.

“In order to get what I want, which is a world title, I need to win main events. I need to have all eyes on me so I can make my statement,” Chiesa said.

With the first UFC fight at the PREMIER Center, Chiesa knows that’s what he’ll get on July 13.

“I feel like a little bit of pressure on myself to do a little better because it’s the first UFC in Sioux Falls,” said Chiesa. “I feel like I need to step my game up and maybe do things better than I’ve done before.”

Chiesa prefers winning, but says either way, it’ll be a good show.

“Ferguson Chiesa is going to be a war. I’m going to make it a war, but at the end of the night, I’m going to get my hand raised.”

Two locals, Devin Clark and Ben Nguyen, will also be on UFC Fight Night 91, which will air live on FS1 starting at 8 p.m. Tickets for the event go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. They can be purchased on ticketmaster.com or at the box office in the Premier Center.

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