The fight had been talked about ever since they squared off as coaches on the TUF 31 series, where Chandler got the better of McGregor. While the show has ended, the two fighters have not agreed to a bout. McGregor’s comeback from his injury has been complicated by the USADA testing rules, which require fighters to submit two negative samples over a six-month period. Meanwhile, Chandler’s inactivity is not helping since he has not fought since his own loss to Dustin Poirier in 2022. However, Chandler remains optimistic that a fight will take place.
“The status is, unequivocally, the fight is still happening. The fight is not booked for a date, the fight is not booked for a venue, but the fight is booked between Chandler and Conor. There’s no way Conor comes back and doesn’t fight me. If Conor doesn’t fight me, he’s probably just not coming back, and that’s out of my control. He’s coming back, he’s fighting me,” Chandler
Those comments do have some credence following a hint by McGregor that he has enrolled in USADA through his latest social media post. The Notorious revealed he had ‘submitted my stuff to Novitzky,’ which would put him potentially in line for a return at UFC 300. That would also concur with Chandler’s own view that he expects the fight to happen sometime in April next year.
"Submitted my stuff to Novitzky" – Conor McGregor pic.twitter.com/V75lLS6IrA
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) October 5, 2023
“At this point, by deductive reasoning, by process of elimination, there’s a main event in December, there’s a main event in November, we’re not going to not be a main event, so that pushes it into 2024. I’m ready to fight in January, February, March, April, May, whatever. We’ll see,” Chandler
Chandler has the patience of a Saint
— MMAherd (@MMA_herd) October 4, 2023
I hope Chandler didn't invest with money he didn't have thinking he'd get paid from the McGregor fight.
— Mmatt (@Mmatt_c) October 4, 2023
— Ricardo Cortes (@RC_21_) October 4, 2023