Michael Chandler and Conor McGregor have a lot in common, but will they ever fight each other?
The UFC lightweight division is one of the most stacked in the UFC. Some of the biggest stars in the promotion fight at 155 pounds and are all in the top ten. This is good for business both for the UFC and the fighters because they can all fight each other and make big money. The biggest star of all is clearly Conor McGregor. He is the biggest MMA star on the planet and has spent a good part of his career fighting at lightweight. Although now he may be teasing a return at welterweight, there are still plenty of good options for him at 155 pounds.
One of those good options is Michael Chandler. Chandler is currently ranked fifth in the division. He has called out McGregor in the past and it seemed that he was the frontrunner for McGregor when he made his return. That return date has not yet been set and in the meantime, McGregor is moving to act and Chandler was a date set with Dustin Poirier.
Michael Chandler could have been up for McGregor’s role in the Roadhouse remake
Chandler spoke bout the possibility of facing McGregor and almost getting the role that McGregor is now in for the remake of the classic movie Roadhouse.
“I called him out and everybody was talking about it,” he said on the PBD Podcast. “He even tweeted me, I tweeted him back, in a very once again, a respectful manner, which is great, you know, but I think, you know, now he’s doing the Roadhouse remake with Jake Gyllenhaal,” he said.” I actually got called about that part.”
The fighting world is waiting for McGregor to return, but it seems that day is not in the near future. McGregor has been healing up from a leg injury sustained in his last fight and although he is back to training, does not show signs of return. Active fighters on the UFC roster must be enrolled in the USADA drug testing pool. McGregor has not been tested all year which leads many to believe that he is not active in the program, and therefore not active on the UFC roster, that is speculation at this point, but lends to the likelihood that his return will not happen in the next six months or so. Chandler was asked when he believes McGregor could return.
“It depends on where his mind, where his mindset is, on you know, what he wants to do. I mean, Conor and the UFC as well, I think he needs to come back and get a win if he wants to continue to be Conor,” he said. “Does he need to be Connor anymore? No. I mean, obviously, he sold his whiskey for but 165 million I mean, he’s got he’s set for life, you know.”
There are plenty of options for McGregor at both lightweight and welterweight, and he would most likely have his choice at either weight. As for Chandler, if he can get past Poirier in November, he could be right in line for a title shot.