Chael Sonnen Says Conor McGregor’s ‘Puncher’s Chance’ Isn’t True, Predicts Michael Chandler Will Beat ‘Notorious’

"The Bad Guy" doesn't see "Notorious" sliding a lucky punch on "Iron" at UFC 303.

Chael Sonnen Talks Conor Mcgregor
Chael Sonnen Talks Conor Mcgregor - Image credit @sonnench Instagram
  • Chael Sonnen predicted Michael Chandler to beat Conor McGregor at UFC 303
  • “The Bad Guy” is certain “Notorious” couldn’t knock “Iron” out with the so-called “puncher’s chance”

Chael Sonnen is not convinced that Conor McGregor could turn things around and stop Michael Chandler in his return at UFC 303.

There’s no such thing as puncher’s chance

Speaking to Bloody Elbow, “The Bad Guy” shared his unfiltered UFC 303 main event prediction. According to Sonnen, it’s hard to believe that someone who has been inactive for a long period of time could just show up and knock one of the most “disclipined” fighters in the sport.

“Michael Chandler is going to win,” Sonnen predicted. “You have the most disciplined guy in the sport, arguably, and you have the most undisciplined guy in the sport for sure. “It’s one of those situations where when you do this conversation everyone’s going to be lazy like I’m going to be right now and say ‘Conor’s got a puncher’s chance and if Chandler stands up with him’, so on and so forth.”

“I don’t know where they get this idea, a puncher’s chance,” he added. “I know it’s something fun people say but you’d have to go back to Michael Spinks dropping the belt to George Foreman, there’s no such thing as a puncher’s chance.”

Chael says Conor’s lack of training would be a major issue

The way Sonnen sees it, McGregor failed to use his time off efficiently. The former middleweight title contender also pointed out that no matter how much hype “Notorious” generates, the “better guy” always wins and in this case, that guy is Chandler.

“The better guy wins, and he wins every single time. Michael Chandler, at this point, could go out there and box with Conor McGregor. You don’t get better at something by not doing it,” Sonnen concluded.

McGregor vs. Chandler is unsurprisingly one of the most highly-anticipated UFC events this year and in history. As early as now, UFC president Dana White already confirmed that UFC 303 has broken the all-time record for gate sales.

UFC 303 will take place on June 29 at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Watch Sonnen’s full interview below:

Published on May 18, 2024 at 10:30 am
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