Michael Chandler says everyone wants to see Oliveira rematch

Michael Chandler thinks he could have a short path to another crack at UFC gold, thanks to his performances against both men in the upcoming lightweight title fight in May.

Chandler (22-7 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has been linked with former interim champion Tony Ferguson as a potential next opponent, although the fight has yet to be signed. If the contest goes ahead, it will be Chandler’s third straight opponent to hold part of the UFC lightweight title.

“Do I think I automatically make myself the No. 1 contender by beating Tony Ferguson or winning my next fight?” Chandler was asked about ESPN’s “DC & RC.” “I don’t think under normal circumstances, but these are not normal circumstances.”

Although his UFC record was one fight below .500 in his short stint with the promotion, his performances left lasting images in the minds of fight fans. For that reason, the former Bellator champion thinks he’s in a good place, especially given his back-to-back fights with the two men who will contend for the lightweight title at UFC 274, Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliveira.

“I think everyone wants to see a rematch of myself and Charles Oliveira,” Chandler said. “They want to see – they absolutely want to see a rematch, Chapter 2 Fight of the Year against myself and Justin Gaethje. So I kind of put myself in a unique position where I could be one win away, and I get the green light to go out there and win the title by the end of 2022.”

When Chandler came to the UFC, his intentions of having exciting matches and title fights were his main goals. Although he failed in both outings following his incredible first knockout against Dan Hooker, he thinks everyone knows what to expect from him in the future.

“If I have to fight two more fights, three more fights to get back to the title, that’s what I’m going to do,” Chandler said. “Anyway, everyone is warned now. When I walk into the UFC octagon, put on these gloves and bite into this mouthpiece, you’re gonna be on the edge of your seat. You’re gonna buy the pay-per-view, and we’re gonna have a blast.

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