Former UFC lightweight title challenger Michael Chandler has stated that his ultimate goal is to fight UFC’s biggest superstar Conor McGregor. Michael Chandler has said that he plans to fight back-to-back against Tony Ferguson and Conor McGregor. Michael Chandler is now expected to face Tony Ferguson at UFC 274 in May and now he also wants to face Conor Mcgregor in July. UFC 274 takes place on May 7 at Footprint Center in Phoenix with the main card that airs on pay-per-view following prelims likely to air on ESPN and stream on ESPN+. The card is going to be headlined by the much anticipated lightweight championship fight between Charles Oliveira and the no.1 contender Justin Gaethje.
Michael Chandler spoke with MMAFighting about his fight with Ferguson and his future plans. Where he stated that he has Conor McGregor on his list.
“It’s one that I’m interested in. I want the Conor fight just for the magnitude of the moment. Stepping inside the octagon and doing something monumental by fighting him. Having all of the mixed martial arts eyeballs, eyeballs all across the world [on you]. You don’t get a bigger platform than fighting Conor McGregor. So that’s what I would love to happen if I don’t get the title shot.”
Michael Chandler says that Tony Ferguson has lost a step
Chandler said that after Tony Ferguson lost consecutive matches he drifted away from his gameplan. He even compared himself to Tony Ferguson.
“I would say his track record thus far would indicate that maybe he has lost a step but you can’t just look at records and say he’s lost his last three fights,” Chandler told MMA Fighting. “Those guys you mentioned, Charles Oliveira, Justin Gaethje, Beneil Dariush, these are the top guys in the world. When we’re fighting up at the top of the division doing this round-robin against the best guys on the planet at 155 pounds, you’re going to win some, you’re going to lose some and every now and again, you’re going to lose a couple in a row just like I have.”
“Have I lost a step because I lost two in a row? Dropped one to Charles Oliveira and then one to Justin Gaethje? I don’t know, it remains to be seen but I will say this, we’re fighting the best guys in the world. I think any of us inside that top five, top seven could fight anyone else on any given night and become the world champion. That’s how close a lot of these guys are.”
UFC 274 Card:
- Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje – For the lightweight championship
- Rose Namajunas vs Carla Esparza – For the strawweight championship
- Michael Chandler vs. Tony Ferguson
- Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux
- Blagoy Ivanov vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
- Donald Cerrone vs. Joe Lauzon
- Macy Chiasson vs. Norma Dumont
- Ariane Carnelossi vs. Loopy Godinez
- Kleydson Rodrigues vs. CJ Vergara
- Danny Roberts vs. Francisco Trinaldo
- Brandon Royval vs. Matt Schnell
- Randy Brown vs. Khaos Williams
- Michael Chandler wants to fight Conor McGregor
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