Michael Chandler knocks out Tony Ferguson, calls out Conor McGregor

Michael Chandler scored one of the greatest knockouts in UFC history on Saturday, knocking out Tony Ferguson with a front kick to the face early in the second round of their lightweight bout on the UFC main card. 274 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

The first lap was wild, but it only set the tone for what was to come 17 seconds into the second lap.

Ferguson raised his arm as if to throw a punch and Chandler hit him with a devastating front kick to the face. Chandler looked like an NFL punter kicking a football from his own end zone. He punched Ferguson in the chin and he was out instantly.

“I haven’t trained him much; it just happened,” Chandler said exuberantly in the Octagon after the fight. “He’s so long, but he keeps his hands to the side so there was a lane in the middle.”

Ferguson, who went on a three-game losing streak, was the clear crowd favorite and quickly got the fans out of their seats. He hit Chandler with a right hand and followed it up with a left that took Chandler down.

Chandler pounced, but that’s what set the tone for the first. They faced off hard, and Chandler had a great finish for the first. He downed Ferguson hard, then landed big shots from the top.

The crowd went wild as the fighters returned to their corners. Fans didn’t know what was coming. Chandler landed perhaps the biggest knockout blow in UFC history that nearly blew the roof off the Footprint Center.

Afterwards, he said he wanted the winner of Saturday’s main event between Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje. He also called out former two-time champion Conor McGregor.

“I’m the most entertaining lightweight on the planet!” he said.

If he’s not No. 1, he’s right there. And he’s now in the history books with one of the greatest knockouts of all time.

Michael Chandler knocks out Tony Ferguson in a lightweight bout at UFC 274 at Footprint Center on May 7, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

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