Conor McGregor confirms bout vs Michael Chandler will be at welterweight, contradicting Dana White’s claim

According to Conor McGregor, he might pursue the welterweight championship following his match with Michael Chandler. Despite Dana White’s recent assertion that the bout would take place in the lightweight division. McGregor and Chandler, who helped promote the fight by serving as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter, are set to face off later this year.

As McGregor makes a comeback from his leg injury, Conor has stated that the bout will take place at welterweight.

During an interview with The MMA Hour, when asked about the weight class for the Chandler fight, Conor McGregor stated, “170. I’m 170 next, leave it out.”

Conor McGregor has indicated that, since his fight with Michael Chandler is at welterweight, a win could earn him a shot at the title. He has further stoked excitement by announcing his plans to attend UFC 286 where Leon Edwards will defend his welterweight championship against Kamaru Usman in a highly anticipated trilogy fight.

Michael Chandler
‘Iron’ Michael Chandler

“Yeah, I’d like so, I’d like that,” McGregor said. “I may be present for the card, we are making moves at the Black Forge in London. I was scheduled to go out there so after this, Gunni’s (Gunnar Nelson) also on the card so it would be good to see him live. It would be good to watch that welterweight title for sure.”

Conor McGregor: Gearing up for a title shot?

It remains unclear whether a victory for McGregor would guarantee him a title shot. However, both Edwards and Usman have previously discussed fighting the Irishman, and a potential matchup between them would be monumental. McGregor has the opportunity to become the first-ever three-weight world champion.

Nevertheless, McGregor must first defeat Chandler in his upcoming bout before any future plans can materialize.

McGregor’s current record stands at 22 wins and 6 losses. He is currently on a two-fight losing streak, having been TKOed in his last fight with Dustin Poirier and suffering a broken leg. However, McGregor did secure a TKO victory over Donald Cerrone in his UFC comeback following his loss to Khabib.

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Sami Haider

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Sami Haider is a UFC/boxing journalist who connects combat sports to pop culture. His deep passion for the UFC started in 2018, triggered by the UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor fight. He is a passionate writer who has a profound love for the sport and the skills that are used in it. Through his work, Sami aspires to connect combat sportsmen and their enthusiastic fans.


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