Chael Sonnen: Michael Chandler Should Face Islam Makhachev

Michael Chandler should face UFC Lightweight Champion Islam Makhachev

That is according to Chael Sonnen. Chandler has said he was offered the title shot following the breakdown of the Conor McGregor fight. The Notorious pulled out with a toe injury, although he expects to return by September. Chandler has said he would take the McGregor fight if the Irishman is ready by September. However, McGregor may not fight this year as the UFC schedule is getting stacked up quickly. 

Chandler has been chasing the fight since their days as rival coaches on the TUF 31 series. Chandler’s last fight was in 2022, losing to Dustin Poirier at UFC 281. While a McGregor fight offers a bigger payday, at 38, Chandler is not getting younger. Further inactivity will hamper his career, while a win over Islam will make any potential McGregor fight bigger. Sonnen felt Chandler had to take the fights on offer since there was no guarantee over McGregor.

“If Michael Chandler is offered Islam Makhachev, there is a message being delivered to him, that he has got to be able to hear. The words, ‘We cannot get you Conor McGregor. We are not going to get you Conor McGregor. Don’t make that mistake. You’ve got to get the matches you can get when you can get them. You’ve got to win the matches you can win when you can win them. You’ve got to sign the matches you can sign when you can sign them. In front of everything else, get the fight and get it into the ring,” Sonnen said

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