UFC: Michael Chandler still targeting Conor McGregor fight
UFC lightweight contender Michael Chandler hasn’t forgotten his title ambitions, and he thinks he knows the perfect trajectory to get there. Chandler, speaking on The fighter against the writer podcast, claimed he wanted “huge moments” against the biggest names in the UFC, including Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.
“That’s what I wanted to do when I came to the UFC. I wanted to fight all the best guys. Poirier was actually one of the guys we asked for, and he refused at the very beginning, which I have no problem with. He was top of the division and I was the guy from outside the UFC coming in.
Michael Chandler still targeting McGregor fight
So he’s always been a name on the list. He’s a guy I respect. A guy I look up to in the sport of mixed martial arts. A guy I’d like to compete with. Of course, Conor, I said my peace about it.
I think a fight between me and Conor would be absolutely huge. I want those big moments, those big fights, those kind of legendary status platforms to keep building my career on.
Chandler, looking at the setup of the UFC in 2022, wants to rebuild from back-to-back losses that are currently preventing him from winning the title and fighting for UFC gold by the end of the year.
In doing so, he acknowledges the loss he suffered at the hands of Justin Gaethje in the UFC Fight of the Year. “It was the first time I had my hand grabbed by the referee and I didn’t care who had their hand up.
I’m sure it upsets my big fans, people who believed in me that I was going to be champion, but all I can do is be guided by how it’s going and how I feel and I enjoy my life. I love my life and I love that this fight is part of my career. Part of my trip.
There is no doubt that the vast majority of people were extremely entertained by this fight and would love to see me fight Justin Gaethje again. It may be for the title by the end of 2022. We’ll see.
Do you think Michael Chandler deserves another shot at UFC gold, or is his time over? Do you want to see him fight McGregor or Gaethje? Let us know in the comments.
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