Michael Chandler Confident Ahead Of UFC 303 Bout With Conor McGregor – “I Am A Better Fighter, A Tougher Fighter”

Michael Chandler has been preparing for a fight with Conor McGregor since the beginning of his time with the UFC, and now that the fight is set, he feels good about his chances.

The pair will square off at UFC 303 in Las Vegas on June 29th, in a welterweight main event that has been highly anticipated following McGregor and Chandler coaching opposite one another on ‘The Ultimate Fighter Season 31’.

In a recent appearance on the ‘Shawn and Ryan Show‘, Chandler opened up on his expectations for the bout, most notably expressing that he believes he is the stronger competitor.

“What I need to work on in this fight is to continue to be the best version of myself, maybe a little bit more tactical,” Chandler said on “The Shawn Ryan Show.” “Realizing that I’ve earned this, realize that I am a better fighter, a tougher fighter, and the guy who deserves it more. Whether that be getting in his face, put him up against the cage, picking him up, putting him down, welting his spirit a little bit more, taking the wind out of his sails a little bit more.

“I don’t need to get into a firefight with a guy who has got a bigger rifle than me. I think I hit harder than he does. His time out of the cage has lent itself to his timing not being what it used to be, his movement not being what it used to be, his reflexes not being what they used to be. He’s been out of the cage three years by the time we fight. …Go out there and get the finish and just absolutely outclass and dominate him.”

(h/t MMAJunkie.com)

While McGregor is coming off a layoff that has stretched almost 3 years due to the broken ankle he suffered against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264, he could very well still be the dangerous competitor that took the UFC by storm for nearly a decade. Conversely, many individuals question if he still has the same level of commitment to the sport, given his ventures in the liquor and film industries.

 

Current UFC 303 Fight Card

  • Main Event: Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler – Welterweight
  • Cub Swanson vs. Andre Fili – Featherweight
  • Jamahal Hill vs. Khalil Rountree Jr. – Light Heavyweight
  • M. Waterson-Gomez vs. Gillian Robertson – Strawweight
  • Carlos Hernandez vs. Rei Tsuruya – Flyweight
  • Joe Pyfer vs. Marc-André Barriault – Middleweight
  • Mayra Bueno Silva vs. Macy Chiasson – Bantamweight
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