While a very strong argument can be made about the UFC lightweight champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov being the best lightweight in the world, fighters like Tony Ferguson, Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler aren’t too far behind as well. If former Bellator MMA’s lightweight champion Chandler is to be believed then he can beat Nurmagomedov with relative ease. In a recent interview Chandler claimed that he would match-up really well against Nurmagomedov and would beat him.
Chandler recently did an interview with MMA Junkie radio, he talked about how he has improved and about resigning with Bellator MMA. However, he also claimed that he can defeat Nurmagomedov and even take him down. Here’s what he had to say:
The lightweight division in the world is a very interesting one right now, There’s no doubt that I’m one of those guys who is continuing to climb. I think I had a couple of losses way, way back when. That’s when I came out of the top 10, and it’s been hard to kind of get back into the top 10. But, even with the rolled ankle at Madison Square Garden, I’ve gone on a run besides that fight, with all these wins over the last couple of years.
So you can’t deny that I’m one of the top lightweights in the world. It’s exciting. It’s enticing. There are a lot of great fights in the lightweight division, and I want to see what happens next.
I have no intentions of leaving Bellator. We’ll see what happens, but to me, I don’t think there would be any other interest for me to go anywhere else besides Bellator or the UFC.
That’s the thing: From the outside perspective, people always think, ‘Bellator, UFC, ONE FC, blah blah blah, I don’t think about promotions, I think about the guys. How do I match up against Khabib? How do I take exactly what Al Iaquinta did, except with my wrestling, and my striking, and my wrestling offense and defense.
How I would nullify his takedowns, how I would even take him down, how I would get in his face, and how he would finally have somebody put hands on him and hurt him like Michael Johnson did? I think that picture has been painted a couple of times, of how to beat Khabib. And I think I beat him 10 times out of 10.