Michael Chandler is gunning for his next fight to be against Conor McGregor.
‘Iron’ Mike has been rallying for an outing with McGregor following his vicious knockout win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 274. Chandler brought a lot of excitement with him when he came to the UFC from Bellator. Initially signed as a backup, Chandler would debut against Dan Hooker at UFC 257, headlined by McGregor.
Michael Chandler hypes potential outing with Conor McGregor
In a recent interview with TMZ Sports, Chandler talked about his desire to compete against the biggest draw in the sport. He believes a contest between the two would mean good business for the UFC and make for entertaining viewing for the fans.
“Well, I’ll tell you one thing it won’t be is boring. One thing it won’t be is people not tuning in, grabbing their popcorn, and their adult beverage minutes, if not an hour before making sure they’re right there as the lead-up happens, as the warm-ups are happening, and as the lights go down. His music plays and my music plays, and we make that walk because I think it could be something epic.
“Not just for me, not just for Conor but for combat sports in general. For the UFC in general. Man, I just think I’ve been extremely blessed to be put in a position when I came over to the UFC, to fight the best guys.”
Chandler reinforced his message to put on exciting shows for the fans over anything else, something he declare at the time of joining the promotion.
“That’s what I said, I’m not going to be here for a long time but I’m going to be here for a really, really good time. I think I’ve made good on that promise and I think the fans have gotten their return on investment of believing in me and even the haters who didn’t like me at first have now come around to it.
“Like I said, I want him at his biggest, his baddest, his best, his most dangerous man.”
Chandler is willing to fight ‘The Notorious’ at 170-lbs
During the post-fight octagon interview at UFC 274, ‘Iron’ Mike called out McGregor and even offered to move up a weight class to 170-lbs in a bid to fight him.
“Let’s do it at 170. If not, I can always make 155, I can make whatever weight. 155 is definitely not easy for me to make so I can make 155, I would definitely make 170.
“Either way, people will feel something they will be on the edge of their seats and they will tune in hours in advance to see the build-up in the lead-up of this fight.”
Michael Chandler closed out with a respectful message for ‘The Notorious’ claiming MMA is a better place with him in it. He’s looking for the opportunity first and foremost but mentioned he won’t lose sleep over it if it doesn’t happen.