What Does Michael Chandler Think Of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Wrestling?
Michael Chandler has a different take on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s wrestling abilities.
Chandler is the newest addition to the UFC roster. He was signed by the promotion after testing the free agency market. He had been in Bellator since September 2010 and was a three-time Lightweight Champion under that banner.
Chandler caught up with his fans during a live Q&A session on Instagram. He gave his assessment of the wrestling skills of current UFC Lightweight Champion Nurmagomedov (via MMAJunkie.com).
“I think I’m the better wrestler than he is. That’s not to disrespect his wrestling. I think he has shown to be the most dominant wrestler in mixed martial arts, the most dominant wrestler in the world. What he does to guys, he comes forward with reckless abandon, pushes you against the cage, picks you up, put you down and puts you in the Dagestani handcuff. Full mount, side guard, crucifix, half guard or in your guard – the guy is dangerous everywhere. … I will say, he’s never, to my knowledge, fought a Division-I, high-level Division 1 wrestler. I don’t think he’s fought anybody who is a Division-I wrestling All-American. There’s just a different breed out there. There’s a different breed between a high school wrestler who got into mixed martial arts and stopped doing wrestling many years ago and a guy like myself, who was a Division-I wrestling All-American.”
Chandler will be on standby for the main card of UFC 254 on October 24. Nurmagomedov is set to take on interim titleholder Justin Gaethje. If either man can’t make it on fight night, Chandler will be available to fill in and challenge for the 155-pound gold.
It was reported that the UFC wanted to have Chandler fight Dustin Poirier, who couldn’t come to terms on a deal to fight Tony Ferguson. Once again, the money wasn’t right for “The Diamond.”