Michael Chandler Reveals Who He Wants To Fight In UFC Debut
Michael Chandler won’t waste any time going after the UFC’s elite lightweights.
Chandler, who had been considered to be a mainstay in Bellator, was recently signed by the UFC. He was put on standby for the main event of UFC 254. Chandler wasn’t needed for the event, so he is now turning his attention to two top names in the 155-pound division.
Appearing as a guest on UFC Unfiltered, Chandler spoke on who he hopes to share the Octagon with for his UFC debut (h/t MMAFighting.com).
“Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje would be number one and number two of the guys I want to fight. I think it’s a great introductory fight to the UFC fans of who Michael Chandler is. They’re both great fights, they’re both guys who fight. As you guys have seen who watched my fights, guys who run away, that’s the best way to try to beat me is to try to run away from my pressure. Justin Gaethje, Tony Ferguson are going to meet me in the middle of the Octagon and we’re going to have a blast. So either of those guys sounds like a great fight.”
Tony Ferguson last competed back in May. He took on Justin Gaethje for the interim UFC Lightweight Championship. “El Cucuy” was stopped by Gaethje in the fifth round. It was Ferguson’s first defeat since May 2012. He was riding a 12-fight winning streak.
As for Gaethje, he fell short in his bid to become the undisputed UFC Lightweight Champion. He was choked out by Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 254.
Chandler’s most recent fight took place on August 7. He took on former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson in a rematch. Chandler knocked “Bendo” out in the first round. This was the last bout on Chandler’s Bellator contract, allowing him to test free agency and eventually sign with the UFC.