What Is Michael Chandler’s Message To Those Accusing Him Of PED Use?
Michael Chandler is speaking out on those who have hurled accusations of PED use over the years.
Since September 2010, Chandler had been competing under the Bellator banner. Along the way, Chandler became a three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion. He’s tested free agency throughout the years but he finally decided to make the jump to the UFC in 2020.
Chandler has dealt with online trolls and even his old rival, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire” accusing him of steroid use. Speaking to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Chandler said he’s happy to finally be able to put that theory to rest through USADA testing (h/t The Body Lock MMA).
“Here I am now taking a fight, October 24 possibly, which is 11 weeks removed from my previous fight [against Benson Henderson]. So it wasn’t like I’m coming into the UFC and saying, ‘hey guys, I need a year. Give me a year before I step into the cage.’ No, test me now. Test me ASAP. So I don’t need time. I’m excited about that. To lay that to rest, I’m excited to be a year clean, two years, three years, four years — you’re not going to hear me say anything about it.
“I’m just going to quietly, silently continue to do my hard work, supplement correctly, live a champion lifestyle and expand people’s minds about what the human body is capable of. I realized long ago I was put into this sport to expand people’s view of the human condition, the human spirit, what the human body is capable of.”
Chandler will be on standby for the main event of UFC 254 on October 24. Scheduled to headline that card is UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim titleholder Justin Gaethje. If either man has to pull out before fight night, then Chandler will step in as a replacement to fight for the gold.