Michael Chandler doubles down on desire to face Conor McGregor when Irishman returns
Michael Chandler is pushing hard for a fight against Conor McGregor when the Irishman makes his eventual return to the UFC next year.
McGregor is set to make his Octagon return in mid-2022 after suffering a broken tibia in July against Dustin Poirier.
The Irishman revealed in a Q&A on Twitter last week that he would return to “full” MMA by April with his next fight shortly after.
Chandler also plans to step away from the cage a bit after his three-round war against Justin Gaethje last month.
The former Bellator champ has made no secret of his desire to fight the UFC star, tweeting an unofficial fight poster of the two last month with McGregor agreeing to a future matchup.
And Chandler explained to former two-weight UFC champion Daniel Cormier why he wanted to welcome McGregor into the cage.
“As fighters, we get into the sport because we want big stages, big opportunities against big opponents in big arenas, and it doesn’t get bigger than Conor McGregor,” he said. at ESPN.
“I think what you see here is mutual respect, for him to say he was impressed with my performances. For me, that’s genuine, that’s how I like to do things.
“He needs to heal, I need to heal, we’ll see if this fight happens. If it does, it will definitely be fireworks inside the octagon.”
McGregor admitted he was “hard not to be impressed” by Chandler’s first three fights and the UFC and could well be the current lightweight champion.
Chandler knocked out Dan Hooker in his UFC debut in January, but lost to current 155-pound champion Charles Oliveira and Gaethje.
And Cormier wondered if Chandler could follow McGregor’s trash talk if the two were to meet in the cage.
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“I guess if the fight happens we’ll see, you might see another side of me,” he continued.
“I’m pretty good at using my vocabulary and my language jiu-jitsu to wrap guys in words they might not understand, without having to take basic assaults or talk about things that will harm the reputation of a guy.
“I respect Conor for what he’s done, I respect Conor as a fighter and I even respect his trash talk game. It’s something I look forward to.
“Big fights, big opponents and big stages. It gets bigger and bigger with every conversation that happens, social media posts and all the time he and I would be on the mic.”