Ali Abdelaziz sends ominous warning to UFC lightweight Michael Chandler
As the UFC lightweight division has taken off, Michael Chandler, Justin Gaethje and many more appear to be in limbo. Their absence has been noted by fans, who are calling for their return to action. One of those disgruntled fans took to Twitter to call for the return of Justin Gaethje against Michael Chandler or Beneil Dariush.
Ali Abdelaziz, the man who runs ‘The Highlight’, responded to the fan. The Egyptian claimed “Iron” was about to be sent to Asia, hinting at a move to ONE Championship, the biggest MMA promotion on the other side of the planet. The insinuation being that Michael Chandler will lose to one of Ali Abdelaziz’s clients, either Justin Gaethje or Islam Makhachev, and will end his stint in the UFC.
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Is a move to Asia justified for Michael Chandler?
The 35-year-old entered the UFC following a glorious stint at Bellator MMA. Having reigned supreme in the lightweight division at Bellator, Michael Chandler was already part of the elite of MMA before his stint in the UFC.
However, towards the end of his stint, he lost his title to Patricio Freire through a first round knockout. Michael Chandler decided to leave the ship for the UFC after recording two first-round knockout wins at Bellator.
After his foray into the UFC, great things were expected from Michael Chandler, and his debut against Dan Hooker suggested he would exceed all expectations. With a spectacular first round knockout of ‘The Hangman’, Chandler announced his arrival with a bang.
Plus, he did so on a card featuring Conor McGregor taking on Dustin Poirier for the second time, catching the attention of millions of people. In fact, his performance was so great that he was favored for a chance at light gold.
Scheduled to fight Charles Oliveria for all balls, Michael Chandler had left on a dream start; however, this was not to last. Charles Oliveira thwarted his dreams of venturing onto the UFC lightweight throne. Dismantling Chandler from a knockout early in the second round, the Brazilian ended his title hopes.
Still, a move to ONE Championship after just one setback seems a bit cruel. Currently ranked No.4 in the UFC lightweight rankings, Chandler still has some way to go before he completes the promotion.
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