Michael Chandler is arguably one of the most loved an entertaining fighter on the roster at the moment. His all-or-nothing fighting style has really drawn a lot of eyes and people respect him for it as well. From the time he made his debut, Michael has always shown a certain flair and charisma that makes him so likeable.
Although 1-2 in the UFC for now, Chandler is still a massive draw in his division. As such, ‘Iron’ Mike takes on Tony Ferguson next at UFC 274, which he seems quite likely to win. As such, Michael has once again spoken about his desire to fight Conor McGregor. “You don’t get a bigger platform than fighting Conor McGregor,” he says.
Currently recovering from his leg fracture, McGregor is set to make his return during July. When the Irishman does return, Chandler wants to be the one to welcome him to the Octagon. Moreover, this is even more likely as Conor has shown that he respects Michael and made a promise to fight him in a tweet as well.
Stylistically, the matchup would be a certified banger and a PPV hit for sure. According to Chandler, he feels that he can dispatch Ferguson in May and be ready for Conor in July. In theory, this sounds good but at the same time, things may not be as clear cut.
Currently, Michael Chandler fights in the lightweight division and is likely to stay there for some time. On the other hand, in an interview with TheMacLife, expresses his desire to move up to welterweight. ” I believe it’s me versus Usman for the 170 lbs title for my comeback fight is the one I’m eyeballing at the moment.”
This puts Chandler’s plans to fight McGregor on hold as even if McGregor doesn’t fight Usman, he will still fight at 170 lbs. According to Joe Rogan, he feels that for McGregor to fight Usman immediately would be a mistake. Instead, Conor should focus on a fighter just below championship level, perhaps even a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz.
As for Chandler, who would you like to see him fight next? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.