Michael Chandler Admits He Wasn’t Looking For Front Kick Knockout
Everyone in the MMA community is talking about Michael Chandler’s wild knockout of Tony Ferguson.
He defeated Ferguson in the second round using a front kick knockout. UFC President Dana White said that it was “the most vicious knockout” he’s ever seen.
“I don’t even know if I saw it in the moment,” Chandler said at the UFC 274 post-fight press conference.
“I think my body just moved and foot [landed] to face and a couple backflips [after]…Sometimes I think the fights materialize exactly how you want them to. Sometimes you stay within your normal box of what you always use, and it works, sometimes it doesn’t work. And sometimes you throw something that you never, ever thought you would ever land, let alone knock someone out with.”
Chandler is one of the hardest hitting fighters on the roster, but he is not famous for his kicks.
“It’s not something that we trained. I think I have the best kickboxing coach on the planet, Henri Hooft. But we don’t train a lot of front kicks, I will tell you that,” he said.
In regard to Charles Oliveira’s submission win over Justin Gaethje, Chandler condemned those who didn’t believe he could pull off the victory – even after being stripped of his title for missing weight.
“Shame on all of us for ever, ever doubting Charles Oliveira,” Chandler said.
“Gaethje had him hurt, Oliveira had Gaethje hurt, and when you get on the ground with Charles Oliveira, he’s going to submit you – except for me, I was able to get out of it. But I think, isn’t there something satisfying about watching Charles Oliveira blossom into who he is? …
Chandler lost to Oliveira in May of 2021 by KO/TKO for the then-vacant lightweight belt.
Chandler was on a two-fight losing streak going into Saturday, but he finally got back into the winning column with the victory over Ferguson – a brutal one at that.
The 36-year-old called out his next opponent.
“That fight with Conor, I’m serious about it,” Chandler said.
“You’re going to be hard-pressed to find somebody who doesn’t think I’m one of the most exciting guys on the planet now. I think I’ve proven that numerous times now. Conor needs a big fight to put butts in seats, to sell pay-per-views, and a fight at 170 would be a lot better than 155.”