Michael Chandler not long ago exposed that Supreme Combating Championship (UFC) made available him a combat from Tony Ferguson — as very well as a person against Dustin Poirier — at UFC 254 on Oct. 24, 2020, which “El Cucuy” turned down.
“The Diamond” did the very same, in accordance to Chandler.
According to Ferguson, the combat was floated but he wasn’t as well thrilled just after by some means catching wind that the former Bellator MMA Lightweight champion was established to get a greater paycheck than him. In the end, that struggle was the newest 155-pound proposed bout that went up in smoke.
Inspite of getting shut down, Chandler claims he is nevertheless open to dealing with Ferguson in the co-major occasion of UFC 254, which is set to go down on Oct 24, 2020 on “Fight Island.”
“I’m previously likely Oct. 24th, I’m already creating body weight, so indeed, I would absolutely struggle him, Chandler mentioned in an interview with MMA Junkie. “He’s kind of the only guy that I’m intrigued in fighting right now. It’s now been talked about, so you do not insert any names to that hat every time a male in the best 5 is by now talked about.”
In accordance to Chandler, he claimed of course to all choices specified to him for UFC 254, such as using the vacation so he can be back again up for the title unification bout among Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje
“When I was receiving the offer done with the UFC, they basically claimed, ‘We know that you just fought in August, but would you be willing to battle in October?’ and I explained ‘absolutely.’ They questioned if I’d be eager to combat Dustin Poirier or Tony Ferguson in Oct and claimed individuals men are scheduled to struggle but they are getting cash troubles and they’re form of obtaining distinctive troubles and whatnot and I said ‘absolutely.’ They (UFC) explained, ‘We type of know the solution to this, but if just one of all those guys aren’t keen to combat, will you be the backup for the Oct. 24 card? I reported ‘absolutely.’
“So my remedy to all 6 of their issues was indeed, yes, yes. When you appear into an firm, you have to display your well worth and I believe that was a way to not throw my excess weight about. I was not likely to say, ‘No, I’m not going to be the backup, I’m not heading to be your insurance plan.’
When Chandler would also be open up to going through Poirier, it seems that choice is off the desk immediately after “The Diamond” and Conor McGregor agreed to a rematch for later this year.
“So that leaves Tony Ferguson. That is why I mentioned in his way with all caps on Twitter, I mentioned you presently turned down a battle towards me on the biggest card of the year,” included Chandler. “This card was going to have a whole lot of eyeballs and we could’ve been the co-principal event and received this tournament heading as he likes to speak.
“I could’ve stepped on his mat and see how things shake out. I feel I go out there and conquer Tony Ferguson and I straight away set myself on the title photograph.”
With just two months left for struggle night time, the promotion has some do the job to do in purchase to influence “El Cucuy” to just take the battle.