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Michael Chandler Provided UFC Title Battle, Calls Out Conor McGregor

UFC 303 kicked off on Saturday and was supposed to be the card that welcomed back superstar Conor McGregor. McGregor was set to face off against Michael Chandler after the pair were the coaches for “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2023. Read more: Conor McGregor Reveals Gruesome Injury That Led to UFC 303 Fight Cancelation Sadly

Michael Chandler Provided UFC Title Battle, Calls Out Conor McGregor

UFC 303 kicked off on Saturday and was presupposed to be the cardboard that welcomed again famous person Conor McGregor. McGregor was set to face off towards Michael Chandler after the pair had been the coaches for “The Final Fighter” in 2023.

Learn extra: Conor McGregor Reveals Gruesome Injury That Led to UFC 303 Fight Cancelation

Sadly, McGregor would endure an damage that compelled him out of the struggle, leaving Chandler on the skin trying in for his personal UFC comeback. Chandler has been ready a very long time to face off towards the Irish famous person, however he has now revealed that he has been provided a wholly new struggle.

Chandler took to X to announce that the UFC has provided him a title struggle towards Islam Makhachev in October. In accordance with the submit, “I have been provided @MAKHACHEVMMA in October – but when @TheNotoriousMMA little pinky toe is prepared by Sept, let’s do sphere. Greatest sporting occasion in historical past of sports activities!!!! @RiyadhSeason #ufc306.”

UFC fighter Michael Chandler
HOUSTON, TEXAS – MAY 15: Michael Chandler walks to the Octagon previous to dealing with Charles Oliveira of Brazil for his or her Championship Light-weight Bout on the UFC 262 occasion at Toyota Middle on Might 15, 2021…

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No different insiders like Ariel Helwani or Jon Anik have confirmed this struggle provide, however Chandler would not essentially have any purpose to lie about this provide. Although preventing McGregor could be large for his profession, Chandler receiving a title struggle could be even larger.

Chandler final fought within the octagon on Nov. 12, 2022, at UFC 281 when he took on Dustin Poirier. He would lose within the third spherical to a rear bare chokehold.

Chandler preventing for the title is a bit complicated, contemplating he’s at present 1-3 in his final 4 contests. After he debuted within the UFC in Jan. 2021 and dominated Dan Hooker en path to a first-round KO/TKO victory, he was instantly given a title shot towards the then-champion, Charles Oliveira in Might 2021. Sadly, he was misplaced to a KO/TKO within the second spherical.

Regardless of the loss, Chandler would go on to struggle Justin Gaethje in Nov. 2021 and Tony Ferguson in Might 2022, solely successful towards Ferguson. Regardless of as soon as being elite, Ferguson has not been the identical fighter for a few years.

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Chandler’s solely win is towards Ferguson, although he has not shied away from difficult a few of the greatest fighters within the light-weight division. It might be a bit weird for him to obtain a title shot however on the flipside, Makhachev has additionally overwhelmed everybody within the light-weight division already.

What makes Chandler’s submit much more complicated is that he’s nonetheless angling to struggle McGregor over difficult Makhachev for the title in October. The UFC is about to host a struggle at The Sphere in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sep.14, and lots of fighters are trying to be on that card.

McGregor suffered a damaged toe, which may sideline him for a pair extra months, however the hope is he will likely be a lot able to headline UFC 306 at The Sphere. Chandler nonetheless pushing to tackle McGregor may merely be as a result of he is aware of it might catapult him into the stratosphere if he had been to win — however so would snatching the title away from Makhachev.

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