Dana White: Chandler Determined To Fight McGregor

Dana White has suggested Michael Chandler is determined to fight Conor McGregor.

Chandler missed out on the UFC 303 card, as McGregor suffered an injury. Alex Pereira vs. Jiri Prochazka will now headline. Chandler has been waiting for the McGregor fight since his days on the TUF 31 series. His last fight was a loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 281 in 2022, the same fighter McGregor lost to at UFC 264.

Chandler’s decision to wait for McGregor may have been done for financial reasons. Fighting Conor earns Chandler his highest purse. The UFC gate had exceeded $20 million for the McGregor fight, a UFC record. While the fight could take place at The Sphere in Las Vegas in September, there is no guarantee. But Chandler is still holding out.

“Chandler, I think poor Chandler wants to wait for Conor McGregor man. You know, whatever he wants to do [we’ll do]. If he wants to get a fight this summer, we’ll do whatever he wants. He’s one of the greatest athletes I’ve worked with and he’s a good human being. I like him a lot. Whatever he wants to do, we’ll figure out for him. He really is [a good dude.],” White said

Chandler responded on social media, as he refused to dwell on any negatives.


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“So what do I do now? A little bit of uncertainty in my life. When’s this fight going to happen? What date would it be re-booked for? What venue? How bad is the injury? Reports have come out that it’s not that bad, just needs a little bit of a delay. But still, no guarantees. But I thrive when there are no guarantees. Just a walk-on kid from High Ridge, Mo., who has continued to trod in a forward trajectory no matter what the opposition, no matter what the circumstances, no matter what the situation. It’s not up to me to will outcomes into existence. It is up to me to do the work. We let the work talk. We do the work. And we do the work until we become undeniable,” Chandler said 


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