Rashad Evans Picks Chandler Over McGregor, Says ‘Notorious’ Needs Fights That ‘Scares Him A Lil’ Bit’

"Sugar" gets brutally honest about what lies ahead of McGregor at this point in his career.

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  • Rashad Evans is not sold on the idea that Conor McGregor is planning to fight 3-4 times a year
  • “Sugar” thinks “Notorious” should focus on fights that could motivate him instead
  • The former light heavyweight champ picks Michael Chandler to beat McGregor

Rashad Evans is backing Michael Chandler to beat Conor McGregor. The former UFC light heavyweight champion also gave “Notorious” some unsolicited advice ahead of his much-awaited UFC return.

Conor Doesn’t Need to Fight a Lot

Speaking during a segment of UFC Live, Evans weighed in on McGregor’s comments, stating he plans to fight 3-4 times a year in his return. According to “Sugar,” it’s not possible and more importantly, not ideal at this point of McGregor’s career. Instead, Evans suggested that the former UFC two-division champ should shift his focus on fights that put his legacy in jeopardy so he could always be motivated..

“The reps are always good but let’s be honest here, it’s not about the reps, as much as about the motivation at this point,” Evans said of McGregor. “I feel like he has to be motivated and I feel like having a fight that kind of scares you a little bit, will wake you up and you don’t wanna get embarrassed, those are the kinds of fights he really put his efforts into because he already knows how to fight, he’s not gonna relearn how to fight, but the thing about this, is he needs that motivation fight.”

Chandler’s beating McGregor

As for his Chandler vs. McGregor pick, Evans said “Iron” Mike is certainly proving that he is the more fit and intense fighter between the two and therefore he’s going for Chandler.

“I gotta roll with Michael Chandler,” Evans revealed. “You know, Michael Chandler’s probably in the gym right now, doing backflips with medicine balls, I mean that’s just the kind of intensity that he’s bringing… training real hard, so, I got Chandler.”

The pair will take on each other in the finale of The Ultimate Fighter Season 31. The show has begun airing but an official date for the fight has yet to be determined. However, Chandler recently said, “We’ve heard Dana [White] on record saying,’ November/December.’”

Chandler is expecting an exciting fight with McGregor, while “Notorious,” who hasn’t fought in two years, remains confident about battering “Iron” Mike come to fight night.

Published on June 3, 2023 at 12:12 pm
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