Michael Chandler Says He’s ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ For UFC 268

The UFC hasn’t made an official announcement, but Michael Chandler says he’s going to be featured in UFC 268.

Chandler (22-6) tweeted Tuesday night that he was signed for the November 6 event at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The lightweight contender is expected to go head-to-head with 155-pound fighter Justin Gaethje.

New York’s vaccine requirements for indoor activities previously jeopardized the targeted card. Chandler said he wasn’t vaccinated against Covid-19 yet because of the lack of FDA approval. But the FDA has since improved the shot, but still, the fighter said he’d rather do without it.

The vaccine mandate went into effect on August 17. But according to the state’s Emergency Executive Order 255, there may be some wiggle room.

Exemptions include:

  • A nonresident professional athlete/sports team who enters a covered premises as part of their regular employment for purposes of competing; and
  • A nonresident individual accompanying a performing artist or professional athlete/sports team into a covered premises as part of their regular employment so long as the performing artist or professional athlete/sports team are performing or competing in the covered premises.

Chandler previously lost in the title fight against Charles Oliveira at UFC 262 in May. Before that, he was on a three-fight winning streak – all via KO/TKO.

Meanwhile, Gaethje (22-3) is also coming off a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a title fight from October 2020. He previously had a four-fight winning streak.

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