- John McCarthy explained why doesn’t think Michael Chandler made a smart decision in agreeing to fight Conor McGregor
- “Big John” also doubts that “Iron” Mike could beat “The Notorious”
While many are thrilled to have learned about Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler going head-to-head in the season finale of The Ultimate Fighter Season 31, John McCarthy isn’t. For “Big John,” it was a mistake “Iron” Mike did, considering a fight with McGregor doesn’t guarantee him a path to UFC gold.
It’s leading to retirement
Speaking on his Weighing In podcast, McCarthy said he doesn’t see Chandler outright beating McGregor because he badly lacked that fight IQ. More importantly, “Big John” thinks that longing and agreeing to fight “The Notorious” is indeed “exciting” but definitely not a smart move for a fighter like Chandler, who is still a top-5 contender in the UFC.
“No [Chandler isn’t beating McGregor]. [But] I would love to think so,” McCarthy began. “Michael has that, for whatever reason, in his mind, it’s more important to be exciting than it is to win. And in this fight right here, it’s the dumbest idea ever. Because if you get the win, what does that mean? You probably get a second one. Which means you can do what Dustin Poirier did.”
“And you put yourself in a position to make great money because Conor brings big money,” he continued. “And if Michael Chandler was smart, he would work on his wrestling, he would just hone it to a fine edge and be able to put pressure, and take the blueprint that you saw from Khabib and use that blueprint to beat Conor and get that win and then, you wanna be exciting in the in the rematch? go ahead yeah, I don’t care, but you’re talking about retirement money.”
Mike doesn’t see the same thing
In all fairness to McCarthy, McGregor’s stock has dropped because of his back-to-back losses to Dustin Poirier and his prolonged inactivity certainly did not help. Nevertheless, Chandler is still convinced that a showdown with the former UFC two-division champ will take him to legendary heights.
Contrary to what McCarthy said, “Iron” Mike thinks his TUF 31 season finale match with McGregor will be massive. Moreover, Chandler is confident about stopping “The Notorious” in less than two rounds.
The date and location for McGregor vs. Chandler is yet to be announced. The fight will be at welterweight and both fighters will try to get back to their winning ways after losing to Dustin Poirier respectively in their last trip to the Octagon.