Michael Chandler Vs. Tony Ferguson Targeted For Later This Year, Per Dana White

Tony Ferguson, Dana White, Michael ChandlerA lightweight showdown between former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson and former title challenger Michael Chandler is in the works, per UFC president Dana White. White broke the news during a recent Q&A session hosted by ESPN’s Laura Sanko in which one fan asked him what’s next for Ferguson. He has lost three straight and […]

Tony Ferguson, Dana White, Michael Chandler

A lightweight showdown between former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson and former title challenger Michael Chandler is in the works, per UFC president Dana White.

White broke the news during a recent Q&A session hosted by ESPN’s Laura Sanko in which one fan asked him what’s next for Ferguson. He has lost three straight and hasn’t fought since his loss to Beneil Dariush at UFC 262.

“We do [have a fight for Tony Ferguson],” White said. “We’re looking at him versus [Michael] Chandler.”

Tony Ferguson, Michael Chandler Still Fighting For Lightweight Positioning

Chandler is also looking to get back in the win column after back-to-back losses. He fell short in his title shot against Charles Oliveira at UFC 262 before falling to Justin Gaethje at UFC 268 in an instant classic fight.

Chandler and Ferguson went at it a little bit on the mic before UFC 262. Ferguson accused Chandler of having “Dana White Privilege” and getting a title shot so soon after signing with the UFC from Bellator.

Before joining the UFC, Chandler earned the Bellator lightweight championship and beat some of the best 155 pounders in the sport, including Patricky Freire and Benson Henderson. A win over Ferguson could inch him closer to another title shot in the UFC.

Ferguson’s recent losing skid began when he fell to Gaethje for his second shot at an interim lightweight title at UFC 249. He was originally supposed to face Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 249 before travel restrictions prevented Nurmagomedov from making the trip to the United States.

Oliveira is slated to face Gaethje next for the title at UFC 274 later this year. Depending on when and if the Chandler vs. Ferguson fight takes place, one of them could be on the verge of another shot at UFC gold.

What are your thoughts on the targeted Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Chandler fight?

Gaethje: I Thought Chandler Clash At UFC 268 Was A Boring Fight

UFC lightweight contender Justin Gaethje had a significantly different take than most fans while he fought Michael Chandler at UFC 268.

In the promotion’s return to Madison Square Garden last November, a host of moments took the roof off the iconic…

Justin Gaethje, UFC 268: Chandler vs. Gaethje

UFC lightweight contender Justin Gaethje had a significantly different take than most fans while he fought Michael Chandler at UFC 268.

In the promotion’s return to Madison Square Garden last November, a host of moments took the roof off the iconic arena and had fans across the world stuck to their TV sets.

From Chris Barnett’s spinning wheel kick, Ian Garry’s McGregor-esque debut knockout, and Alex Pereira’s memorable flying knee KO, to Rose Namajunas and Kamaru Usman’s successful title defenses, the event certainly didn’t disappoint.

But the one fight that left everybody talking was the clash of lightweight contenders between Gaethje and Chandler. Leaving everything in the cage, both men swung hard and put their bodies on the line. After 15 minutes, Gaethje walked away with the unanimous decision verdict, but both played their part in what was the consensus fight of the year bout.

Gaethje Had A Different View During The Fight

Whether it was FOTY or not, everybody has and continues to recognize the incredible contest. But one man had a different version of events at the time, that man being one half of the memorable clash.

During a recent interview with BT Sport while in attendance at UFC 270 last weekend, Gaethje incredibly claimed he thought the fight was “boring” while he was inside the Octagon. “The Highlight” said he didn’t like it because the main card opener represented a rare moment where he favored securing the victory over putting “Iron” to sleep.

“To be completely honest with you, I felt like that was kind of a boring fight when I was in there,” said Gaethje. “Yeah, it just makes no sense. It’s the first time I’ve ever wanted to win more than to knock somebody out. So, yeah, it was not good, I didn’t like it. I wanna go back to just wanting to hurt somebody and finish them. But, now that I’ve won, I got my title shot, I can go back to how it should be.”

Thrilling, exhilarating, exciting, enthralling, memorable, crazy, and a host of other adjectives have been used to describe UFC’s 268’s Fight of the Night. But I guess we now have to add… boring to it? I’m okay leaving that out if you are.

How would you describe Justin Gaethje’s barnburner with Michael Chandler at UFC 268?

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Bisping: Michael Chandler Has A Right To Call Nate Diaz Out

Michael Bisping is coming to the defense of Michael Chandler.

Michael Chandler is in a strange place inside his division. He is a big name that many fans like to see compete. However, now he is on a two-fight losing streak and his next step is unce…

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Michael Bisping is coming to the defense of Michael Chandler.

Michael Chandler is in a strange place inside his division. He is a big name that many fans like to see compete. However, now he is on a two-fight losing streak and his next step is uncertain. Chandler has been asking for some big names to fight next, such as Tony Ferguson, Conor McGregor, and Nate Diaz. While some people might not think these are suitable options, Michael Bisping thinks Chandler should shoot his shot.

“You know wh?t I me?n when I s?y Mich?el Ch?ndler deserves credit? L?st ye?r, he h?d ? f?nt?stic ye?r; he didn’t win the belt, but he w?s involved in three incredible fight,” Bisping said on his Believe You Me podcast. “Ag?inst D?n Hooker, he got Debut of the Ye?r. He won Fight of the Ye?r ?g?inst Justin G?ethje ?nd then fought for the belt ?g?inst Ch?rles Oliveir?. In 2021, he pumped up the UFC with ? lot of energy. When you m?ke th?t kind of noise, live up to the hype, ?nd put on those kinds of shows, f*k it. He h?s the right to c?ll N?te Di?z out.”

Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor are two of the most called-out fighters on the UFC roster. A fight with either one of them means big money with a lot of eyes watching. Chandler is now sitting in the #5 spot of the lightweight rankings and just outside being able to get another title shot.

Chandler has the idea of searching for a big-money fight while working his way back to a title shot. Bisping can’t blame him. It is not as if he is outside the top ten looking for Diaz or another money fight, which is a thing some fighters will try to make happen. He is top five.

Now, Diaz has been fighting at welterweight recently. Chandler is willing to make the jump for a shot at Diaz. If this is his plan, it might not help his chances of getting closer to a lightweight title, but it will be a great opportunity.

Bisping feels that just because Chandler has lost two now doesn’t mean he should be written off. He is still elite and has only lost to elite fighters. His last outing against Justin Gaethje shows that he can go through an all-out war and still come back for more. That is the type of fighter Nate Diaz looks to compete against, so maybe Chandler vs. Diaz could happen after all.

Would you be interested in seeing Michael Chandler fight Nate Diaz?

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Michael Chandler Reveals What He’s Looking For In His Next Opponent

After a busy and entertaining 2021, UFC lightweight contender Michael Chandler has revealed the type of opponent and fight he’s looking for when he returns to the Octagon this year.

It’s safe to say that not many promotional newcomers have made as …

Michael Chandler

After a busy and entertaining 2021, UFC lightweight contender Michael Chandler has revealed the type of opponent and fight he’s looking for when he returns to the Octagon this year.

It’s safe to say that not many promotional newcomers have made as big of an impact in as short a timeframe as Chandler has since arriving in the UFC. When he signed for the world’s premier MMA organization in 2020, some had low expectations, with a select few expecting his transition to the UFC to follow a similar path to the likes of Ben Askren, who failed in his pursuit of finding success in the promotion.

While he hasn’t won gold and boasts a negative UFC record, Chandler has firmly turned any doubters he had into believers.

Last January, “Iron” arrived in style by finishing Dan Hooker in one round on Fight Island. Fast forward four months and Chandler found himself competing for the vacant lightweight title. Despite being the victim of an incredible second-round comeback from Charles Oliveira at UFC 262, the former Bellator lightweight titleholder was inches away from securing his place on the throne in the opening frame.

And even though he fell to a 1-2 promotional record at UFC 268 last November, Chandler’s contribution to the year’s consensus Fight of the Year against Justin Gaethje ensured his stock rose in defeat.

Chandler Targets A “Big Name” On A “Big Card”

With a strength of schedule about as strong as any fighter has boasted across their first three fights in the UFC, Chandler hasn’t shied away from the big names and the big fights. That’s a trend he hopes continues when he enters the Octagon for the first time in 2022.

During a recent interview with Megan Olivi for ESPN MMA, Chandler outlined his targets in the stacked lightweight division for 2022. As expected, the veteran wants a big-name opponent who will help him provide another entertaining, fun, and back and forth contest for the fans.

“It’s hard, I was talking to my manager… I think the UFC lightweight division is easily one of the toughest, of course, but also one of the most exciting. There are so many different matchups, with obviously everybody inside the top five, you’ve got Conor (McGregor) coming back from injury, you got Tony Ferguson, who is outside the top five but still a guy who is a perennial entertainer. So it’s such an entertaining division to be a part of.

“I want big fights. I want to get close to that title shot… I’ve just gotta get back in the win column. And I want a big, fun, exciting, entertaining fight. I’ve been doing this for a very long time, and obviously every fight in the UFC is huge, but (I) definitely have to be calculated and really think about what the next move is. But it’s gonna be a big name, on a big card, with big title implications, no matter what. And I’m gonna go out there and do what I do; bite down on my mouthpiece and go out there and try to get a finish.”

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While his next opponent is yet to be decided, there are a number of 155-pound stars Chandler could be matched up with next. The 35-year-old has made his desire to face MMA’s biggest star clear, a challenge that McGregor suggested he’d be up for down the line.

Chandler also recently went back and forth with Ferguson on Twitter. “El Cucuy” suggested the matchup had been agreed with the UFC but claimed “Iron” was stalling it. In his response, Chandler promised to beat Ferguson from “bell to bell.”

Who would you like to see Michael Chandler share the Octagon with next?

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Michael Chandler: Dustin Poirier Ate His Words At UFC 269

UFC lightweight contender Michael Chandler believes Dustin Poirier “ate his words” at UFC 269 after describing the vacant title fight at UFC 262 as a clash for “fool’s gold.”

At the start of 2021, the future of the lightweight division was uncertai…

UFC 269: Charles Oliveira vs. Dustin Poirier, Michael Chandler

UFC lightweight contender Michael Chandler believes Dustin Poirier “ate his words” at UFC 269 after describing the vacant title fight at UFC 262 as a clash for “fool’s gold.”

At the start of 2021, the future of the lightweight division was uncertain. But after Khabib Nurmagomedov committed to his retirement by vacating the gold and Poirier pursued a third fight with Conor McGregor, the path was laid out.

While “The Diamond” and the “Notorious” Irishman faced off in a title eliminator at UFC 264, a champion was crowned two months prior at UFC 262. The main event pitched Charles Oliveira against former three-time Bellator champion Chandler.

After “Do Bronx” mounted an incredible second-round comeback to secure his place on the lightweight throne, a moment 28 UFC fights in the making, Poirier later cemented his place as the Brazilian’s first challenger with his second triumph of the year over McGregor.

At UFC 269, Oliveira made his first title defense. Despite many expecting Poirier to be too much for the champion, the underdog once again upset the odds. In the third round, Oliveira submitted Poirier with a standing rear-naked choke.

Chandler Details The “Irony” Of Poirier’s Loss

In the aftermath of the final pay-per-view of 2021, Chandler wasted no time in criticizing the fallen challenger. In a couple of posts on Twitter, “Iron” suggested Poirier “quit” in his main event clash against Oliveira.

While he slightly walked back the comment in a later interview and admitted it was harsh, Chandler maintained that “The Diamond” has doubted him since the start, a sentiment he reiterated during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour.

Discussing where his comments came from, Chandler brought up the fact Poirier had described the title as “fool’s gold” when he fought Oliveira for it last May. Given the fact the former interim titleholder then went on to lose to “Do Bronx,” Chandler believes Poirier ate his words at UFC 269.

“The reason I was critical of Dustin Poirier has been his dismissal and just downright disrespectful of me when I came into the UFC lightweight division,” claimed Chandler. “Even after Dustin made the decision that he didn’t wanna fight for the UFC title and he wanted to hold out for the money fight against Conor, when me and Oliveira were next in line and we said yes and we were gonna fight, instead of just saying, ‘Hey, I decided to fight Conor and let these guys fight for the title,’ he called the title ‘fool’s gold,’ and I think that was part of it.

“That’s what he called the title that Charles Oliveira won, and then Charles Oliveira went out there and finished him,” added Chandler. “My only regret was that I didn’t type in ‘fool’s gold’ somewhere in that statement because that was exactly what Dustin Poirier called the title that me and Charles Oliveira fought for. Dustin Poirier decided to take the money fight with Conor, which I don’t blame him (for) whatsoever, but that’s the decision you make, so don’t go ahead and discredit the guys who are fighting for the title and call the title ‘fool’s gold.’

“So the ‘fool’s gold’ champion Charles Oliveira went out there and finished Dustin Poirier, which is just a little bit ironic… I think Dustin Poirier ate his words that night.”

In 2022, both Chandler and Poirier have their eyes on possible opponents but are yet to have one set in stone. Whilst “The Diamond” has his sights set on a welterweight clash with Nate Diaz, a prospect that also entices Chandler, “Iron” is looking at potential matchups with Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson.

But outside of these possibilities, Chandler is also open to settling his score with Poirier inside the Octagon. Given their exciting and fan-friendly styles, the fight would undoubtedly be highly anticipated and highlight entertaining.

Would you like to see Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier share the Octagon in 2022?

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Michael Chandler Believes Nate Diaz And Himself ‘Should Share The Octagon At Some Point’

Michael ChandlerMichael Chandler has added Nate Diaz to the list of people he would like to fight sometime in the future in the UFC. Chandler has been very outspoken about who he wants for his next battle inside the octagon. He has been lobbying to fight Conor McGregor in his first fight back from injury. He […]

Michael Chandler

Michael Chandler has added Nate Diaz to the list of people he would like to fight sometime in the future in the UFC.

Chandler has been very outspoken about who he wants for his next battle inside the octagon. He has been lobbying to fight Conor McGregor in his first fight back from injury. He claims he is not looking for a “red panty night”, but just respects McGregor for what he has done inside the octagon. It looks like Chandler is looking for a well deserved “money fight” though, by calling out two of the bigger names inside the promotion.

Michael Chandler was on ‘The MMA Hour‘ talking about the possibility of moving to welterweight to take on Diaz.

“Nobody has ever talked about me and Nate Diaz fighting. But for some reason, I’m like, ‘Me and Nate Diaz should probably share the octagon at some point.’ And obviously he’s got his contract coming to a close. He’s looking at fighting Poirier, that’s the fight that he said he wants. But then he called the UFC and the UFC said Poirier sucks. But yeah, I’d throw Nate Diaz’s name in the hat. And I’d love to fight him at 170 [pounds] instead of 155, I’ll tell you that much.” (Transcribed by Sportskeeda)

Diaz has recently been in talks with Dustin Poirier for an upcoming fight, but both parties have been accusing the other of not accepting the fight. Diaz has been talking about fighting multiple people as well, including McGregor and Tony Ferguson, but nothing has come to fruition.

Chandler is coming off a fantastic fight and one of the greatest battles in UFC history against Justin Gaethje. Although he lost that fight by unanimous decision, he won the night by putting on a show for the fans. The former lightweight title challenger is looking to get back on track with a win after dropping two in a row.