- Daniel Cormier weighed in on the upcoming clash between Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler at The Ultimate Fighter Season 31
- DC said the key for “Iron” Mike to be at his best is not to let “The Notorious” get into his head
Daniel Cormier agrees that Michael Chandler is the perfect match for Conor McGregor’s return. However, DC also thinks “Iron” Mike should do his best not to get distracted by McGregor’s antics in their head-to-head at The Ultimate Fighter Season 31 or else, he’ll suffer the consequence.
Stay focused Mike
For those who didn’t know, Cormier is no stranger to TUF. He faced Stipe Miocic at TUF Season 27 so he knew the Xs and Os of it.
As early as now, DC already sees McGregor trying to get inside Chandler’s head for “six weeks.” Cormier said that the former Bellator champion needs to be unfazed the whole time if he wants to be at his best come fight night.
“I believe that for him it’s to understand and try to prepare himself under constant attack by Conor McGregor [that’s more important]. It is not a week, it’s not two weeks, it’s six weeks with someone that you are going to fight with and for the annoying guy… Conor was poking at Uriah Faber the whole time even though they weren’t fighting, he managed to cause such a dissension in that team that TJ Dillashaw who wasn’t even coaching against him left Alpha Male because he was convincing him that he was a backstabber… he’s gonna be under constant attack from McGregor if he cannot allow McGregor to get into his head too much,” Cormier said on ESPN MMA.
Perfect dance partners
McGregor and Chandler will take on each other in the season finale of TUF 31 and the date and location will soon be announced. Should “Iron” Mike manages to successfully dismiss McGregor’s taunts, Cormier thinks it would be a perfect match, especially style-wise.
“We did feel like this would be the fight you and I talked about it for a while Chandler is a good style matchup for McGregor and I think it works and I think that Chandler is the right dance partner for the return,” Cormier concluded.
Indeed, McGregor will be coming in with his signature demeanor and behavior. However, Chandler is not running short in confidence on the other hand. In fact, “Iron” Mike sees himself finishing “The Notorious” within two rounds.
Chandler also said he always felt like he’s bigger than McGregor and it doesn’t matter what weight class they fight at. Following the announcement, it was later revealed that the former champions will fight at welterweight.