Former Bellator lightweight champion and UFC title challenger Michael Chandler is all set to fight Tony Ferguson at UFC 274 this weekend at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
The UFC 274 fight card is going to be headlined by the much anticipated lightweight championship fight between Charles Oliveira and the no.1 contender Justin Gaethje.
Ever since making his debut in the UFC, Michael Chandler has been putting up highly entertaining fights in the UFC. He made his debut at UFC 257 against Dan Hooker. In that fight, he brutally knocked out Hooker in the first round. It was a dream debut for Chandler and after the fight, he also cut an interesting promo asking for a title fight, which definitely raised his public profile. He then fought for the title against Charles Oliveira at UFC 262. While Chandler lost the fight via TKO in the second round, he put up an entertaining fight, and early in the fight, he also had Oliveira hurt. His third fight in the UFC was against Justin Gaethje which was also a heavy back and forth fight. It was one of the contenders for the fight of the year tag in 2021. Chandler ended up losing a decision.
Is Michael Chandler Dana White’s favorite fighter?
His upcoming fight against Tony Ferguson is also going to be an exciting fight for the fans. Ahead of his fight at UFC 274, Michael Chandler claimed that he was UFC president Dana White’s favorite fighter.
"He's right, I am his boss' favorite fighter, I am Dana's favorite fighter."@MikeChandlerMMA responds to Tony Ferguson's media day comments.#UFC274 | Full video: https://t.co/joNk5W4OvO pic.twitter.com/W3Y8mqyYC1
— MMA Junkie (@MMAJunkie) May 4, 2022
“I’m sorry Tony but that Dana White privilege line might be the funniest thing that has ever been said on a microphone in the context of mixed martial arts,” Chandler said at media day. “He’s right, I’m his boss’ favorite fighter, I’m Dana’s favorite fighter, Dana White privilege is not on the line here, I’ve already got it. It’s all fun, I saw him after the press conference, it is all respect, he’s gonna go out there and try to take my head off and I’m gonna do the exact same thing. But, when it comes to animosity, I got no animosity towards him, he’s all business. Is it true, is it just words, is it lip service we don’t know? All I know is he’s going to run into a buzzsaw on Saturday night and my Dana White privilege is not going to make a difference no matter what.”
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